The World Series begins today in Boston. And you know what that means: Very cool baseball special sections.
The folks at the Globe and the Post-Dispatch took a moment after deadline last night to send us a look at what they came up with for today’s papers…
Sports designer Luke Knox sent along the special World Series section from today’s paper. Click this — or any page here today — for a larger look.
Luke tells us:
Marty Pantages laid out much of the inside pages, and did a tremendous job on deadline.
Page two focused on David Ortiz.
It’s a black-and-white picture, but check out the rainbow behind Ortiz at the bottom of the page. Hold that thought for a moment.
Page four looked at the last time these teams met in the World Series, nine years ago.
Across the bottom of the page is a look at the starting pitchers for Game One.
Page five holds the obligatory position-by-position matchups.
Page six, Luke points out, is led by…
…our hitting zone graphics, by Chiqui Esteban (with an assist from former staffer Daigo Fujiwara, who did these for years for us).
Remember that rainbow from page D2? Now, check out this other rainbow picture just above the house ad. This, too, was by staffer Jim Davis.
We had to scale back on a few things due to space concerns, but overall I’m pleased with the amount of layered info on the pages.
Here’s page eight…
…page nine focuses on Carlos Beltran…
…and here’s page 10, featuring a story on pitcher Adam Wainwright.
Note the jump downpage, from today’s page one. Evidently, there are Sox fans who are sick and tired of Sweet Caroline. Can you imagine?
My advice: Switch to At the Copa.
Here is today’s page one, where the lead story ties the World Series back to the Boston Marathon bombing in April.
You also see the start of the Sweet Caroline story.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
St. Louis, Mo.
The Post-Dispatch led today’s front page with a gorgeous twilight portrait of Fenway Park by staffer David Carson.
As you can see from the cover blurbs, today’s paper includes an 18-page preview section. As if that weren’t enough, tomorrow’s paper will contain a 24-page poster section.
Today’s section, in fact, wraps around the paper, says assistant managing editor for presentation Carlos Ayulo:
It will be in front of all other sections, including A, throughout the remainder of the World Series — even on off days.
World Series editions are the easiest for us to produce. We don’t have to jump stories or negotiate how much to devote on A1 vs. sports, etc. Since our fans enjoy collecting our World Series covers, we like to offer them a poster for every game of the series.
We like to go ‘Loud and Proud’ as my staff hears me say all the time — I’m sure they are sick of that line.
Here is the front of today’s wrap — once again, Weatherbird artist Dan Martin illustrated the cover:
Dan produced a number of proposals for the cover illustration. Like last time around, Carlos shared a number of them with us.
This one, obviously, was done before the ALCS was over.
Instead of a worm for breakfast, the Cardinal is pulling a Tiger’s tail out of the ground.
Dan experimented with a lot of beard jokes.
Carlos said he liked these, but found them “off topic.” This one, he says, was:
…the best of the off topic bunch. We got a huge chuckle out of this one.
This one is my own favorite. The look on the Red Sox player’s face is priceless.
Also cute is this one in which the Cardinal unravels the yarn in the red socks.
This one, too, is a scream. Carlos says it’s…
…a play off Looney Tunes’ Yosemite Sam. We laughed because he looked more like Captain Crunch.
Carlos tells us:
The theme was based around the winner of this World Series will have the most titles this century.
This one here was…
…a play on the Cardinals’ birds on the bats logo.
This one, Carlos says…
…was close. We probably would have made the Sox player run up the other side.
And here’s the one that was selected.
The front pages here are from the Newseum. Of course.
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