I get so emotional when you call me bland
I'll never learn. I should be used to it by now. I should understand that adults were put on this earth to ruin the games kids play. I shouldn't let this stuff frost my adenoids. I know. Decaf. Yoga.
But I must share this email with you, Dear Diary. This is from an adult who retires the trophy on parental sniveling and self-indulgence. Nature of the email: Our coverage of the Waterford 13-year-old Babe Ruth team - we've sent reporters to Norwalk and Newtown and our guy Gavin Keefe even had to file one story from a rest stop on the Merritt Parkway - is too "bland."
Read on, Dear Diary.
"Mr. DiMauro: With the Waterford 13 year old Babe Ruth Team having defeated the odds and have now won their way into the World Series, it is the very STRONG opinion of the community that the team and their outstanding journey be covered much more in depth and with a little more emotion than it has been.
"The articles have basically been a recall of the games and have not had ONE picture. With the exception of the last win, we also have not had any player or coach interviews. As someone who has been in attendance at most of all their games, I can tell you that my basic account of the New England tournament gets people much more excited than the very bland coverage that we've seen from The Day.
"Waterford is a 'baseball town' and as such these boys of summer have become somewhat of celebrities to those who have been attending the games or following them via social media and or friends and family.
"Again, having been at most of the games, I was posting play by play and inning by inning scores to entire social communities waiting on the edge of their seat for the next report. My point is this, Mr. DiMauro, with the newspapers slowly becoming a thing of the past, don't you think it would be good for not only the communities to get a heartfelt account of the road these boys have traveled (and will travel) but it would also benefit your paper to generate some emotion in the stories you run? These are 13 year old kids who have an amazing chemistry and talent that has not yet been matched and that doesn't even scratch the surface of this team."
But wait, Dear Diary. There's more.
"Yes, recently there was a story on the coaches and although it had more depth than most of the coverage on the team, there was still so many more layers to the story. … Your column on 'how to win a state championship' was borderline offensive and again this is the general consensus and not just my personal opinion. … The resilience, the never give up mantra, and the second chance they were given was what they built this road to Virginia on. That is the story, not a negative account of losing games and beating a rival etc.
"If you consider all that you've printed with regard to the team to be sufficient, then I guess your readership and opinions of your weak coverage will remain what it has been. With all honesty, this has been the topic of discussion in numerous circles and conversations related to the team. I thought maybe I was being overly sensitive to it … but having this subject be the common thread in that many conversations, I thought it only fair to raise this issue and ask you as diplomatically as possible, 'what are you going to do about it?'"
So let's recap, Dear Diary.
• It is the strong opinion of the community that we are terrible. (And here the folks in Mystic think we are the Waterford Day).
• People are waiting on the edge of their seat for breaking news about the team. (I doubt Walt and Marge who live on the farm in Preston are breathing into brown paper bags over this).
• Newspapers are a thing of the past. (Yet you complain anyway).
• My column was offensive. (So there really was more coverage than the bland game stories. It just wasn't about your kid).
• There have been discussions in "numerous circles" about the team. (Not my circles).
Sad, Dear Diary. Sad. You wonder, Dear Diary. If the kids go home and are forced to listen to how nothing is ever good enough, to incessant whining in the face of a memorable summer, what are the odds they grow up and aren't miserable, too?
Thanks for listening, Dear Diary.
This is the opinion of Day sports columnist Mike DiMauro.
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