One story, two headlines

Today we’re turning back the clock and doing what I was doing five years ago in my Case Studies in the Media class. You know, aside from daydreaming about the riches and fame of broadcasting professional baseball games, planning my next prank on Dave Hutte and checking out the ladies.

Yes, I’m comparing and contrasting two stories about the same event.

Yesterday, the Padres didn’t have a major-league spring training game, but Mat Latos pitched in a minor-league game just to stay on his throwing schedule.

His line (if you value such things): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 76 pitches

Padres.com headline: Latos beginning to turn corner with command

San Diego Union-Tribune headline: Latos rocked in minor league game

Quotes: “I got my work in. I want to get out of here and go fishing. You guys don’t have anything better to do?”

Thoughts:

  1. The people who wrote the articles may or may not have been the ones who wrote the headlines. But you’d think the stories were about two different games if you just looked at the headlines.
  2. Latos doesn’t sound like a guy who is freaking out about a performance on a back field in Peoria on March 16.
  3. Here’s the original thought I can add to this: Anytime I talk to one of the Padres’ roving instructors, their whole focus is on the process. Learning the mechanics, learning the mental side of the game, doing the things that make a player consistently successful over the long haul. Statistics (and winning) are completely secondary. Get the process right and the results will come. That’s in the minors, where it’s all about development. I think the Spring Training mindset is similar: Get your mechanics right, get in shape and be ready to go by Opening Day. The difference between the major leagues and the minors is, once the regular season starts in the big leagues, winning is the most important thing. In the minors, the regular season is still about development first. Just about the only time winning comes anywhere close to first in the minors is in the playoffs, and health (pitch limits, etc.) is still paramount.

Random thoughts:

  • As promised, Parkview Field is green(er) for St. Patrick’s Day. A hearty handshake goes to the first person who can tell me what St. Patrick is the patron saint of (no googling allowed). Hint: Green beer is not the correct answer.
  • The Triple-A Tucson Padres unveiled their uniforms, and they could be a sneak peek into what San Diego wears in the not-too-distant future. It’s definitely what you’ll be able to see in Fort Wayne in July.
  • The TinCaps caught legendary author Ben Hill’s attention with the new dress code/flair requirements.
  • I have it on good authority that Ben now signs his e-mails as “Legendary author Ben Hill.”
  • Here’s another Padres’ Top 20 prospects list. I don’t know about you, but I’m done looking at lists… Let’s start the games already.
  • In this week’s minor-league transactions, former Fort Wayne RHP Matt Bush was taken off the Rays’ 40-man roster and re-signed to a minor-league deal. Also, RHP Aaron Everett retired. I thought he might’ve been headed to Fort Wayne after a solid year with Eugene in 2010, but I guess that’s over.
  • Move over, Eater X. Tim Lincecum is here and he’s ready to crush a family-sized meal at In-N-Out Burger.
  • Ken Griffey, Jr., explains why he retired when he did.
  • Giants prospect Brandon Belt is making a strong case to open the year in the big leagues.
  • Yankees RHP Ivan Nova has a new slider and it looked good yesterday. He could be a big boost to that rotation.
  • An Angels pitcher hurt his toe playing with his kids. Well, they’ll just have to put a “no-playing-with-your-kids” clause into every contract now.
  • This kid is living nine-year-old me’s dream: A northeast Ohio kid playing in the Indians’ organization.
  • The Brewers’ new manager wants to know why all of his key players decided to get hurt this spring. Except Rickie Weeks… maybe he’ll wait until the regular season.
  • I don’t know which part of this is weirder: Playing Van Halen’s “Eruption” on violin, that the violin is shaped like a baseball bat, or that it seems like it was played in the middle of a busy elementary school cafeteria (complete with kids hacking like chain smokers).
  • The Braves’ minor-league manager who got smoked by a foul ball had his eye removed. I talked to someone “in the know” about this yesterday and a lot of people around the Braves are just glad he’s alive. Apparently he still wants to manage this year, which would be an incredible recovery.
  • Go Buckeyes. And Wofford. The next two days are two of the best sports days of the year.

Musical guest… Luther Vandross!

Take care!

DW

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