An article in today’s Philly Inquirer irked me to no end. The headline: “Female fans turned on by the Phils.” The premise: there are a lot of serious female baseball fans! And it’s not just because the ballplayers are cute!
What’s one of the big rules of journalism? You don’t write “dog bites man” stories? The fact that in 2010 there are serious female baseball fans who actually like the game, keep score and know what the hell they’re talking about is a dog bites man story. This story, however, seems like it was premised on just how unexpected it is to find such exotic beasts. The “turned on” verbiage from the headline seems like a giveaway.
But of course the writer found several serious female baseball fans. Such a thing should be easy, especially in a city with a rich baseball heritage like Philadelphia. Which makes me wonder what the point of the article was in the first place.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.