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Community Columnist Pens Millionth Article on Fielder’s Vegetarian Switch

If you have nothing new to say, say it to as few readers as you can.OZAUKEE – History was made in a corner cubicle of a Southeastern Wisconsin newsroom last week as a community columnist wrote the momentous millionth article about Prince Fielder’s vegetarian diet.

Jefferson Hitchcock, a sports reporter at the Ozaukee Semi-Monthly Gazetteer, is allowed to write one staff column a month about any topic he pleases. Though he often uses his editorial freedom to discuss the importance of sportsmanship in youth hockey and the generosity of the local VFW chapter, Hitchcock garnered the illustrious honor of penning the millionth article regarding the meaty Brewer’s meatless lifestyle when his piece entitled “Milwaukee slugger’s diet might surprise some fans” was featured in the publication on Thursday, August 14.

“I thought it needed to be written about,” Hitchcock said, proudly holding a framed picture of him with Brewers radio broadcaster Jim Powell at a Pick N’ Save in store appearance Powell did a few years back. “I thought it was about time the Ozaukee readership learned about this.”

Fielder made the decision to become vegetarian in the offseason prior to the 2008 season. Since the dietary adjustment was reported (almost immediately after the change was made), thousands of media outlets – including world renowned networks and publications like ESPN and The New York Times ran stories explaining the switch, and even interviewed Fielder about it.

Hitchcock admitted he’s observed much of the media attention given to the story over the past five months, but felt “like something was missing” in the near million other articles.

“I thought I could tell Prince’s tale in different way,” Hitchcock explained, now sitting back in his computer chair tossing a baseball to himself. “It just came to me … what if I began by introducing Prince’s power numbers and other on-field accomplishments, then just when the reader is thinking ‘wow this guy is tough, I bet there’s no twist in his personal life’ I drop the bomb that the guy’s a veggiehead? It was magical.”

Hitchcock then continued to explain how his piece differed from other previously written articles. Though the Ozaukee Semi-Monthly Gazetteer does not have access to the Brewers’ clubhouse, for what Hitchcock calls “a bureaucratic bias against the community newsroom,” he opted to pepper his piece with paraphrased quotes from other articles he’d read about Fielder’s vegetarianism.

“The best part is the end,” Hitchcock chuckled loudly. “Wisconsinites are widely known for their excessive consumption of bratwursts, right? Well, in my last sentence, I say ‘Prince has traded in his bratwursts for… SOYDOGS!’”

Hitchcock has no plans to leave the quaint and familiar Milwaukee-adjacent newsroom any time soon. He says the Gazetteer grants him the freedom to confront the larger issues in and around professional sports… a dozen times a year. He’s happy where he is in his career, but proud to have made history in writing the millionth such chronicle of what some guy he’s never met eats.

“I didn’t need to be the first,” Hitchcock said. “Just because I’m the latest to confront this, it doesn’t mean mine can’t be the best.”

Hitchcock thinks this accomplishment will further motivate him to write other, near-timely staff columns on the soft pulse of sports.

As for next month’s column: “I don’t know yet,” he said. “Could be the Mitchell Report… hell, maybe I’ll weigh in on this whole Brett Favre situation.”

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