This Sunday there was a bomb threat at one of America’s most iconic locations, Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs played against the San Francisco Giants in a game during the day which ended at around 4:30. The bomb scare was reported to police at around 6:00 so fortunately most of the fans had already evacuated the stadium. The Chicago Tribune reports.
Since 9/11, the Boston Marathon, and other situations, Americans’ sensitivity towards events like these has grown very high. The author uses this to his advantage in grabbing the audience’s attention with this article. She also uses many other strategies to keep the audience’s attention and connect with them using the pathos appeal. For instance, baseball is known as America’s greatest pastime and in knowing this, she talks about how the game went and shows pictures of the team celebrating the win. This aspect allows the baseball fans, specifically Cubs fans to connect with the situation and feel emotions about their team, their city, and for America mostly.
In addition to this, she does a good job of appealing to more than just a sports audience by using the emotional connection of the “bomb threat” and talking about how the police handled the situation, which is another thing she did well. She made very clear that everything was handled properly, putting the audience at ease. To emphasize this point further, she includes pictures of the game of players celebrating and fans cheering on their team.
The Cubs are currently in a tight race for their division, and also have the Giants closely behind them for the Wild Card spot. Today was a satisfying day for Chicago with their win and the way they handled the situation.