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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008 10:00 pm

I have a few questions. Why does negative press always triumph good things that happen in Lodi?

Is it for the power of the press and the dollars that goes with them? How does a World Series title accomplishment not make the front page of our community paper?

The Lodi GrapeSox and their achievements was a fortunate thing for Lodi - having baseball return to this community. However, the financial issues that went with them have now overshadowed an unprecedented World Series Girls 16 and Under Babe Ruth Softball Championship. These young ladies have gone to numerous World Series only to return without a title. They have now achieved something that no other team in the history of Lodi has done.

The article on the GrapeSox was well written and explored, but the feeling is that we continue in our society to look for the negative over the positive. This may be a one-and-only national title that comes to our city - embrace it and cherish it. The moment is now and may never occur again.

Congratulations to all of those players, coaches and families affiliated with this team.

Grant and Brenda Plath


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  • posted at 12:28 am on Sun, Aug 17, 2008.


    Its simple and you learn it in mass communication classes: if it bleeds, it leads

  • posted at 2:24 pm on Sat, Aug 16, 2008.


    It is indeed amazing at what some believe to be relevant news.

  • posted at 12:51 pm on Sat, Aug 16, 2008.


    Lodisafeway, while some people like to read about tragedy, we learned recently that even if seven people are killed in a car accident, four of them local, you'd better not take up the whole front page with related stories. If you do, SOME people will complain about all this exposure for one story. It's a real inconvenience for these people to have to actually open the paper to the second page to get the rest of the mundane local stories. You know, seven people dying, four of them local, is really not that big a deal to some.

  • posted at 3:51 am on Sat, Aug 16, 2008.


    While people are generally "good" and find a certain level of satisfaction when reading about good things, by nature we simply love learning all we can about the proverbial "train wreck." Newspapers earn their reputations not by the fluff pieces nor sweet biographical coverage of local boy/girl done good; it's how they cover the difficult stories that are much more often than not of a negative nature - either the evil that men do or the pain and suffering that accompanies our lives.Newspapers are also in the business of making money. And nothing sells newspapers (and advertising space) better than bad news. It's a fact.In this particular case there was considerable "good press" for the GrapeSox as they were gearing up for the season and then after the first game or two when the novelty of their presence here in Lodi helped the News-Sentinel move an extra paper or two. Along with physical pain and suffering as attention-grabbers, so is a number of other negatives; politics gone bad; fraud; etc. The fact that the GrapeSox saga went from good to bad (to a certain degree) is news. This is just the way it is.


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