The perception that Peter Gammons’s journalistic compass can go on the fritz when it comes to matters of the Red Sox is not a new one.
Most memorable was a moment in the immediate aftermath of the World Series-clinching victory in 2004. During a live interview on ESPN, outfielder Gabe Kapler gently kidded Gammons about how much the victory must have meant to him, saying something to the effect of, “Come on, Peter, we all know you’re a Red Sox fan.’’
Gammons smiled, wearing an expression that was equal parts bemusement and joy.
Last week, however, Gammons’s affiliation with or affinity for the franchise he first covered for the Globe in the 1970s - en route to an iconic, trend-setting career at this newspaper, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and now MLB Network and the Red Sox broadcast arm NESN - was not so amusing.
It led him in an irresponsible direction. His compass let him down.
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