California baseball game inspires first-ever ‘news mob’

A+
A
A-

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols runs out during introductions prior to a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, April 6, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SAN FRANCISCO — US baseball frenzy inspired a Southern California newspaper to field scores of reporters as part of a “news mob” to cover the Los Angeles Angels opening season game on Friday.

Sports fervor among fans of the local team is so high that the Orange County Register decided to blitz the first home game with more than 100 reporters, editors, photographers, fans, and members of every department at the newspaper.

Before the evening game between the Angels against the Kansas City Royals was even started, Register editor Keith Sharon tweeted that more than 40 stories were already filed and available online.

“You’ve never seen anything like this in the history of baseball, or news organizations, or the world,” Sharon said at the Register website.

It was Sharon who claimed credit for the wild idea of a “news mob” capturing the opening day game and festivities from all angles with smartphone pictures, Twitter messages, Facebook posts, online stories and more.

Stories posted included how the arrival of first baseman Albert Pujols from the Dominican Republic is boosting pride in local Latinos, tips for dads taking children to the game, and the “hottest players and wives.”

The additions of Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson to the Angels roster has fueled hope for a championship season.

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94