Mets, Yankees: The Media Coverage

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As those of who either follow baseball or read the tabloids know, the Major League Baseball playoffs move into the league championship series this week with one New York team in — the Mets — and one New York team out — the Yankees. Here’s a brief recap of the media’s coverage:

  • Following the Yankees’ stunning series loss to the Detroit Tigers — ruining chances of another Subway Series — there was front-page speculation, led by the Daily NewsMike Lupica, that manager Joe Torre would be fired. The Post, doing an about-face on its “Clueless Joe” headline from a decade ago, called on owner George Steinbrenner to save Torre’s job.
  • To the Post‘s delight, Steinbrenner decided to let Torre stay, announcing the non-move during a press conference at Yankee stadium yesterday. The Daily News, of course, would never run think to run a “We Were Wrong” coverline.
  • The New York Times, meanwhile, apologized for preempting its coverage of the Mets’ first round victory in favor of Torre’s press conference with this: “WE INTERRUPT THE METS POST-SEASON…” No surprise; they’ve done stuff like this before.
  • The Post ran Torre’s story on the front and back pages today. The Daily News went with a Mets double-cover, previewing its series with the Cardinals.
  • Fox, a network that continually shows baseball fans no respect, has opted to show both of tonight’s games at 8:00 PM — with Game 2 of the Tigers-Oakland Athletics series on its FX channel.
  • Darryl Strawberry — ex-Met, ex-Yankee, ex-addict, ex-con, current inspirational school speaker — will throw out the first pitch of tonight’s Mets game.
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