October 1, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Baseball playoffs: Eight teams, eight dreams

While Washington lawmakers might not be able to agree on a financial bailout, there’s no disagreement among fans of eight baseball teams: Let the playoffs begin!

Los Angeles Times has “Visions of an elusive I-5 series” between the Dodgers and Angels. The Daily News of Los Angeles promotes a 12-page baseball preview section and tonight’s “Windy City vs. City of Angels” (Cubs vs. Dodgers) game.

The Angels meet the Boston Red Sox tonight. “For Sox owner Henry, the joy comes daily,” The Boston Globe said in a profile of billionaire owner John Henry. There is less joy in the Cape Cod Times: “Angels ready as Sox limp into L.A.”

The Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 1-0, last night in a one-and-done playoff. From northwest Indiana, The Times of Munster said, “Thanks, Danks!” a reference to pitcher John Danks, who threw eight scoreless innings.

With both the White Sox and the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago Tribune celebrated the “once-in-a-lifetime event,” noting “the last time this happened was in 1906.” The Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed: “Worth the Wait.” The Daily Herald of suburban Chicago provided equal treatment with a “Black & Blue” package.

The White Sox meet the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, and the St. Petersburg Times pictured a teen, Zac Giparas, who will be sitting above third base. Zac also was in the stands 10 years ago at the Rays’ first game.

With the Twins “Outta There,” Minnesotans face the long, cold months until spring training with Midwest optimism. “Someday … they will look back and realize what a remarkable season they had,” the St. Paul Pioneer Press said of the Twins.

Chicago wasn’t the only city in waiting. “It has been 9,478 days since the Brewers … lost Game 7 of the 1982 World Series,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reminded readers. From Wisconsin’s capital, the State Journal also had 1982 on its mind. Pairing photos from 1982 and today, the front page said, “Brewers fast forward, with 26 years of perspective.”

The Brewers face the Philadelphia Phillies today, and the Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown, P a., was “Looking for something to hate about the Brewers.” The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., compared Philly and Milwaukee: “Blue-collar cities share little more than a thirst for a champ.”

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