Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mattingly Shows Firmness With Dazzling Weather Observations, Sharp Fashion Sense

I'm not sure if the Arizona Republic has started outsourcing its headline creation needs, but when I see articles titled, "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly focused on setting firm tone", I didn't expect Bob McManaman's article to lead off like this:

If he had any first-day jitters as he prepared for his inaugural spring training as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Don Mattingly didn't show it in his eyes. They were hidden by a pair of dark designer sunglasses.

"Man, it's bright out here," Mattingly said as he settled into a chair on a veranda overlooking the stadium below him at Camelback Ranch. "Beautiful, but bright."

(Mc)Manaman, that's a bad headline; it has nothing to do with the meandering, point-lacking lead whatsoever. To be fair, the article itself doesn't do much on its own behalf to emphasize this "firm tone" point:

Dressed in fashionable jeans, a long-sleeved striped shirt and sporting an artistic collection of bracelets on his right wrist, Mattingly neatly fielded every question with a striking sense of confidence and conviction.

Right, because nothing says confidence like fashionable jeans, long-sleeved striped shirts, and bracelets! Just ask Morten Harket of a-ha:

Just think: February 27, we can start talking about action on a baseball diamond and stop these insipid feature stories. Three more days.

photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe (July 27, 2009), swiped from here


Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Those dudes look like men really in touch with their hair care products.

Steve Sax said...

I was hunting high and low for that picture