Red Sox Front Page Doubleheadline Edition

August 25, 2012

Its rare that the Boston Globe and Boston Herald feature the same story on Page One (the Herald, with a minuscule home-subscription base, designs its front page to maximize newsstand sales; the Globe, whose circulation is largely home-delivered, doesn’t bear that burden).

But today is an exception, proving that the current Red Sox squad is a uniter, not a divider. They’ve united the town in dislike for them.

First pages first (via The Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):

Advantage: The Herald, hands down.

Now to the battle of the headlines.

Globe page C1:

Dealing with problem?

Red Sox on the verge of a trade that would send Beckett, Gonzalez, and Crawford to Dodgers

Herald page 30:

Sox poised to blow it all up, start anew

Bold first step in erasing foul stench

Advantage: The Herald again.

And finally, the all-important Number of Godfather References.

Globe: None.

Herald: One.

Whether or not the deal goes down, we now have beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt proof that Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is prepared to make like Michael Corleone taking out the heads of the other four families in his own clubhouse.

Advantage: Take a wild guess.

At post time, both papers had announced the completed deal on their websites. The Herald (around 10 am) seemed to beat the Globe (12:29) by a good couple of hours.

Advantage: That’s right. The Herald.