On the heels of Robert Lipsyte’s final column, The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel has posted a sparkling 6-4-3 email Q&A with the outgoing ESPN ombudsman. Among other things, he gets Lipsyte to highlight who his favorite current sportswriter is.
Another strand that jumped out to FishbowlNY occurs about halfway through the conversation. Glasspiegel notes how Mickey Mantle was rude to Lipsyte as a young reporter and wonders, in today’s Deadspin, TMZ and social media-driven media age, whether the gruff Yankee would have been quite so deified. Lipsyte’s answer:
“It’s a great question, Ryan, because by thinking about it, you start to think about how we are treating this generation of big, rich, handsome hormone-driven child men. Mickey was 19 when he hit New York in 1951, suddenly free of the Oklahoma mines. He stuffed his insecurity by screwing and drinking. His story – father issues, early marriage and kids, wild companions, no real guidance from the club – gets repeated every season, every sport.”