March 26, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Road game: America’s pastime opens season on another continent

“Opening Day, Japanese Style.”

That’s how The Day of New London, Conn., described Major League Baseball’s new season, which started with a game in Japan.

The New York Times used an opening-day photo as its lead art. “A Homecoming, at a Road Game Far Away,” its caption said. The Washington Post pictured the crowd and said: “Japan’s Starry Gems of the Diamond,” a reference to three Japanese superstars, including Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox. El Universal in Caracas, Venezuela, showed a young fan.

The Red Sox won, defeating Oakland, 6-5 in 10 innings. “With late heroics, a sunny start,” The Boston Globe said. It was the best of two seasons in the Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Maine, which pictured Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox and ran a photo and story with the headline “Snowmobiling in May? Maybe.”

Politics returned to the front page after a hiatus during Easter weekend. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette paired coverage of a Hillary Clinton event with a story about John McCain’s comments on the economy. McCain was in California, where The Orange County Register said: “McCain shuns housing heroics.” McCain made other news: “McCain says no to Secret Service help in campaign,” The Arizona Republic in Phoenix said.

Several newspapers looked beyond horse-race political coverage. “Younger and black — but not Democrats,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said. The Indianapolis Star also focused on demographics: “Young voters flex political muscle.” And yet other newspapers printed an AP story on genealogy. In a “Celebrity Cousins” package, The San Diego (Calif.) Union-Tribune said: “Candidates related to famous entertainers, presidents, other notables, genealogists find.” Said The Forum in Fargo, N.D.: “Obama related to Pitt, Hillary Clinton to Jolie.”

A day after Detroit’s mayor was accused of perjury, the Free Press said: “Text message casts more doubt on mayor.” The Detroit News noted that not-guilty pleas by the mayor and his former chief of staff were entered to felony charges. Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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