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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Galarraga makes for a perfect front-page switch

He got robbed.
Galarobbed, as we said.
It was an imperfect game, what a shame. A game that almost didn’t happen thanks to the rain.
We were monitoring the game around the sixth inning, once we found on Twitter Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had a no-hitter going. We knew going into the ninth we were going to have to change the front page. It sounds like a hassle, but it was one of those exciting moments in journalism when you know what you’re doing is a significant part of history.
The first version of the front page featured a story about Auburn Hills Avondale pitcher Katie Moy, who is shepherding the Yellow Jackets into this week’s district playoffs. A feature I’m proud to say I wrote, which we slid to the side for the second version.
All the Tweets of the day were related to the Tigers game and I heard four of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter were related to the game. I followed it personally for several hours. It was plenty entertaining, and it even helped me to write the headline “Galarobbed.”
Originally, we had a column written by Jim Hawkins because the Tigers weren’t getting the most out of owner Mike Ilitch’s investment. We'll see if that column isn't revised before it runs.


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