Five Questions With Boston Globe Reporter Chad Finn
In Boston there are countless media companies that cover sports, but one of the most prestigious of them all is the Boston Globe. The Globe has been the daily paper of Boston since its founding in 1872, today the paper is owned by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry. The Globe provides it’s readers with a high quality of content ranging from the Economy all the way over to our realm of sports.
The sports department over the Globe has a lot of talented reporters and one of them happens to be Chad Finn. Finn has been a sports reporter for the Globe since 2003 and their internet property Boston.com since 2009. Finn covers a lot of Bostons teams for the Globe, he is essentially the Swiss Army knife in the Globes’ sports department.
Chad was kind enough to join me for my five questions interview series in which I ask members of the media/athletes/influencers five questions related to their area of expertise.
1) What has been your favorite story to cover while writing for the Boston Globe?
I’ve been at the Globe since 2003 and writing for the paper and online since 2009, so I’ve been incredibly fortunate to cover some amazing stuff during this unprecedented era of success. I’m not sure I have a particular favorite. More like a few are tied for first: Watching the Bruins win the Cup in 2011 in front of those obnoxious Vancouver fans in a Game 7, covering the entire postseason run of the ’13 Red Sox (the roar for Shane Victorino’s grand slam against the Tigers is the loudest I’ve ever heard anything in person … until Goodell took the stage at Super Bowl LI). A smaller cool thing for me was covering Seth Westcott’s gold medal win in the snowboardcross at the Vancouver Olympics. He’s a Maine guy like me and a genuinely good person.
2) What moment during your time covering sports will you remember the most and why?
All of the above would probably qualify here as well. Here’s another: The Malcolm Butler pick in Super Bowl XLIX. It would have been incredible had I actually seen it happen – I was looking down at my computer at the time, trying to get as much written as I could before the impending deadline. I heard the crowd roar, and thought, “That does not sound like the roar of a Seattle touchdown.” I think it was the biggest individual player in the history of organized American sports given the magnitude of the event (114 million people watching at home) and what was at stake for the Patriots.
3) With the Boston Red Sox season almost upon us what are your expectations for the team?
Tell me if David Price’s elbow will hold up and I’ll tell you what the expectations are. If he’s OK and makes 25-30 starts, they’re at the least a playoff team provided their other core players remain mostly healthy. There’s talent here to win a World Series, though I do think David Ortiz’s absence is going underestimated for some reason. But this is a Dave Dombrowski team – full of stars and lacking quality depth – and should Price miss significant time or another starter goes down, suddenly you’re counting on the likes of Kyle Kendrick and Henry Owens to contribute. Suddenly still, the 230 innings Price pitched last year at a good if not great level will look a lot more important now that they did then. He’s incredibly valuable even if he drives fans nuts sometimes, and his absence would be a huge blow to their championship chances.
4) Given the fact that you are part of the BBWAA and have a vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame will you be voting for David Ortiz when he is eligible and why?
I’m in my third year in the BBWAA – I’ve never been a beat writer so I took a longer road to gaining entrance — so I’ve got seven years left before I get a vote. I believe Ortiz will be in before I have the chance to vote for him. 500-plus homers, being the heart of three World Series teams, and his overall charisma will make him a lock when the time comes. Some will hold being a DH against him, which is absurd, and besides, I think Edgar Martinez might beat him to breaking down that barrier. And as far as his name showing up on that PED testing list from 2003, Rob Manfred basically gave him a mulligan on that, and anyone who thinks PED users aren’t already in the hall of fame in bulk aren’t paying attention.
5) Red Sox pitcher David Price has received a lot of criticism from fans and media alike so far in his tenure. Do you envision Price having success in Boston or will he leave with the likes of Carl Crawford?
To some degree it depends on his health. But he’ll never be a flop at the level of Crawford. As I wrote earlier, Price had tremendous value to the Red Sox last year – he didn’t pitch as well as expected, and he bombed in the playoffs, but they aren’t close without him. For now, the Price comp is Josh Beckett (terrible his first year here, a key to a World Series champ in his second year) or John Lackey (who had one OK year, one brutal year, underwent elbow surgery, and ended up being a key to a World Series champ as well). Price gets way too much grief, but it does remain to be seen whether he can be the ace with the Red Sox that he was elsewhere (before October, at least).