Gotta At Least Ask The Question

Damien Cox’s latest piece on baseball at his Toronto Star blog brings up an unpopular question.

And for the following unpopular question, blame plagiarism in the mainstream media and all the nonsense it has spewed over the past decade.

Don’t blame me.

When it comes to Damien Cox, how is it that as he approaches his 49th birthday, he’s suddenly become a more prolific writer at The Toronto Star?

Chance? Healthy living? Diet? Better computer? Comfortable office chair?

Anyone reading about the Dave Fuller citation case this week, which of course brings up all of journalism’s tawdry plagiarism history, should at least be willing to wonder about Cox’s sudden transformation into a prolific wordsmith.

This is a writer, don’t forget, who in addition to writing a column for the Toronto Star, also works on a blog at the newspaper’s website and contributes to both and The Hockey News, all while finding time to appear as a regular on TSN’s The Reporters and That’s Hockey.

It’s a wonder that with all of his writing that Cox has the time to go down to the hockey arena or the baseball park and ask the tough questions that inform his tough opnions.

It’s quite a story, huh?

Makes one remember Stephen Glass, who went from a young writer at The New Republic to a rising star of journalism over a three year period.

Things happen in writing, I guess.

The great news for Cox is that the more visible he remains to the public, the better chance he has of publishing another book. That would motivate any writer to find a way to get his name out there.

The newspaper industry, we know, has quietly become known as a bit of a nest for alleged plagiarists over the years. Zachary Kouwe wrote for the New York Times. Gerald Posner has been implicated. Ditto for Mike Barnicle.

And now comes Cox. Toronto Star readers will, of course, angrily respond to the suggestion that everything isn’t on the up-and-up.

Maybe Damien Cox is just one of the great individual stories in journalism this season. This could be his career year, and he could deserve nothing but credit and praise.

But the fact is that the newspaper industry’s history, and the Nixonian way in which publishers have chosen to deal with the issue over the years, should compel any intelligent person to wonder when a writer suddenly starts producing more content than he ever has in his career.

Toronto Star fans won’t like it. But you’ve got to at least ask the question when it comes to Damien Cox.

For the fact that we do, blame newspapers.

  • Fullmer_Fan

    Doesn’t he realize the power of the written word?

  • goof smith


  • shk66


  • Mark Dowling

    Contract year? Taking writing tips from Murphy and Gaston?

  • Chris Thompson

    Brilliant post……just excellent. I Doff my cap to you.

  • j-dilla

    Did you see that douchebag Posada tag a dude with an empty glove? Umps love sucking Yankees cock.

  • mike in boston

    i think i love you.

  • S17


  • Fallen Leafs

    I’m not sure what this is all about, but I think Damien Cox takes steroids.

  • dm

    Awesomely done. Note perfect.

    I came to post about another incident calling for video replay. Yankees Mariners, 1-0 Yanks, play at the plate and Posada swings to tag Gutierrez, ump is behind the plate and Posada, he sees Posada’s glove tag Gutierrez and calls him out, EXCEPT Posada had the ball in his throwing hand, clearly seen on the replay. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH, get this fucking cleared up before the playoffs are ruined by bullshit like this

  • Garafraxaguy

    Nice job. You are the weird Al Yankevic of Bloggers.

  • Garafraxaguy

    How bad is that? try to snag a souvenir ball and get beat on by a mob of umbrella wielding new yorkers.

  • Dave

    Great post. The only thing worse than his “opinions” on baseball and hockey is when he tackles the Raptors on The Reporters. He’ll just say things like “Brian Colangelo has made some questionable moves” and “There’s no clear starting point guard.” Another memorable performance by Damien Cox!

  • Guest

    Where’s Kenny Ken Ken?

  • UgD


  • shk66

    M’s just walked Teixeira to load the bases and face Cano (1 out). Cano hit a grand slam. I bet if Cito did that Wilner would be screaming he’s the only manager in ALL OF BASEBALL who would do such a thing.

  • Guest

    are the jays likely to get the game in?

  • Jorge’s empty glove

    hardy har har

  • ConfidoBoyd

    Without a doubt, the greatest DJF post to date.

    I wanted to throw something at the TV this morning when I heard him make that pathetic non-accusation among his panel of guffawing nitwits.

  • Tony Forbes

    *cheers and applause*

  • Jobu’s.Rum

    Damien Cox has a head shaped like a dick

  • eyebleaf

    Parkes, your finest work yet. Just brilliant.

  • Dave

    Fuck this stupid park. It smells like piss and doubles are singles.

  • Jobu’s.Rum

    Keep on sucking, Vernon.

  • Douchenkrantz

    Wells has 3 home runs and is barely hitting above .200 since June 30th. Even with that 1 and 1/2 months of lack of production, Cito still trots him out there in the 4 hole, day in, day out.

  • trillemdafoe

    Excellent post.

  • MGJ

    Forgive my ingorance…did he plagiarise a DJF article?

  • Butch Goring’s Helmet

    isnt this type of speculative shit the exact same type of piece that rosenthal went ape shit over when that blogger was bringing up the question about ibanez?

  • Butch Goring’s Helmet

    Is it just me, or have the jays hit into a ton of bad luck the past two games?

  • the_original

    John McDonald hitting 7th isn’t bad luck. It’s stupidity.

  • Jobu’s.Rum

    Snider looks totally lost at the plate.

  • Butch Goring’s Helmet

    nice job travis. 9 k’s now in 14 ab’s by fat boy vs clay

  • Douchenkrantz

    A+ crotch grab by the home plate ump.

  • MS

    Is there anyone who realistically thought Lewis wasn’t going to strike out there? Didn’t think so. At least he made Buchholz throw a few extra pitches.

  • Butch Goring’s Helmet

    well, i didnt think there was a realistic chance molina was going to get a hit either, but it happened. lewis is actually one of the better hitters on the team as pathetic as that sounds.

  • Wiffleballs

    Was that a grin by Marcum after the Lowell strikeout?

  • MS

    Time to raise the VW Hatred Advisory to Elevated (at least Navin finally put it up to Guarded). It’s a real testament to the shittiness of that contract that we couldn’t unload him at the deadline, even with his halfway decent first half stats.

  • TheBunk

    Fatboy? Are you for real?

  • TheBunk

    Dallas Braden vs Matt Garza, thank you but i’d rather claw my eyes out.

  • Jay Lang

    Battle of the ill-conceived facial hair. Fuck those douches.

  • Jay Lang

    Jesus fuck Wilner pauses a lot for extremely long moments on his show. I don’t know why, but dead-air cuts me like a fucking knife.

  • Raymond

    At least the rain delay ends the slobbery blow job Buck and Pat were giving Bucholz. I have to turn to NESN to get a break. The Boston guys aren’t even sucking his joint that hard. Enough already, I know he’s pretty good and he’s basically Toronto’s landlord, but give it a fucking rest.

  • stoeten

    Game, set, match, Parkes. Fucking nails, guy.

  • Ian

    Can you imagine if someone who actually covered the Blue Jays (Bastian, Lott, Griffin) wrote what Damien Cox did? It’s easy to accuse someone of juicing when you don’t have to face them in the clubhouse to get an interview the very next day.

  • Garafraxaguy

    Great point

  • shk66

    The timing of the column is funny too. I was thinking, “Why not write this column in April or May? Or June or July?” Then I figured it out — Everyone has just been waiting for Bautista to return to his old self, but he hasn’t. It’s almost September and he’s still hitting like a monster. And since Cox can’t explain it, he’s accusing Bautista of taking steroids. It almost sounds like he thinks he’s the first to bring this up, like he’s doing the world a favour by asking the BIG question. His headline is so self-serving; “Gotta At Least Ask the Question.” Except it’s August. The question has been asked a million times already.

  • dascual

    Well done.

    I guess he had no other Kabby trade’s and leaf talk to make up so he switched to the Jays.

  • Garafraxaguy

    Cox is getting ripped in the comments section on that post.

  • Jobu’s.Rum

    Funny how Cox didn’t question Aaron Hill last year. That screamed PED’s much louder to me.

  • dascual

    Funny thing over looked is the lack of home runs to opposite field for Jose, an increase in power to the opposite field might, might raise an eyebrow but dude is a fastball, mistake hitting machine this year.