Growing up I was a loyal reader of the Florida Today, the local newspaper in Melbourne, Florida. As a matter of fact, in the days before the Internet and my Google Reader, I got most of my sports news from the Florida Today. It was my end-all be-all for scores, news, and notes.
So it was with great disappointment that I learned that the Florida Today, the paper responsible for covering Melbourne and Melbourne-area sports stories, failed to even mention the first-ever major league match-up between Eau Gallie High baseball alumni, Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. To my knowledge, The Boston Globe was only media outlet besides my site to cover this event. To put it bluntly, the local paper dropped the ball.
After I posted about this occasion on my site and failed to find it written about on the Florida Today’s online edition, I emailed sports editor Lee Nessel and expressed my disappointment. As I received an “out of office” reply from Ms. Nessel, I re-sent my email to Mike Parsons, also of the Florida Today. Unfortunately, as of five days later, I have yet to receive a response from either representative.
I would think the major league meeting of two of Eau Gallie High’s three professional baseball alumni would have been an ideal feature for the local newspaper. To me, this was a story that could have drawn readers and significant local interest. Even Gordon Edes of The Boston Globe mentioned the idea of an Eau Gallie photographer immortalizing the event. For whatever reason, Florida Today did not seize on this opportunity. I guess Florida Today just didn’t care enough to cover it.
One Small Pitch for Baseball, One Giant Event for Commodore Alumni (The Serious Tip)
A New Power Prince (The Boston Globe - Boston.com)