Look, I know that Los Angeles is more of a Lakers town than a Dodgers town, a shift that happened around the 1980s, fueled by a disparity in championship titles since then, among myriad other reasons. But Sunday's print edition sunk the LA Times to new lows, when, instead of running Dylan Hernandez' recap of the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Marlins Saturday, they printed copy that they pulled straight off the Associated Press wire.
That's right, the LA Times printed the exact same article that ran on ESPN, Yahoo Sports, and in any other number of media outlets that couldn't afford to send a reporter to cover the game. The LA Times ran generic copy.
In column one. In the upper left hand corner of the front page of the Sports section. To cover the city's only legitimate major league baseball team.
Oh sure, they took the time to add thumbnail headshots of George Sherrill and Matt Kemp. That took some effort in the press room, I'm sure. But the fact that online readers could get Hernandez' perspective and insight for free, while paying subscribers got the same nonexclusive crap they could have read anywhere else the night before, is an insult to the few people who even bother to subscribe to the LA Times anymore.
I'm assuming Hernandez, who filed great copy about the Saturday game (complete with quotes from Sherrill, Torre, and Kemp), was actually at Sun Life Stadium in Miami for the game. Then why didn't the LA Times use it for the print edition?
I'm one of those few people, diminishing in number, who appreciate the morning ritual of walking down the driveway in the morning to pick up the newspaper and then read the key articles over coffee in one's bathrobe. Yes, I know what happened in the game; I watched most of it. And then I saw the highlights on ESPN SportsCenter. And then I read a couple of online articles using my iPad before going to bed.
So is it too much to ask to pay for a reporter to cover the Dodgers on away games, and then print 30 column inches of copy when it comes in?
Give me a reason to keep subscribing, LA Times, rather than continuing to find ways to question my purchase.