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.
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.