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See the newspaper front pages in Boston and St. Louis

Oct 31, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Say what you will about the overall state of the newspaper industry, but the front page after a local team wins a championship is still pretty damn cool. Some examples celebrating the Red Sox’s victory, beginning with the Boston Globe:

source:  Here’s the Boston Herald:


And here’s the Providence Journal:

source:  For the flip side, here’s the St. Louis Post Dispatch:


  1. Joe - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I like ’em all, but that St. Louis Dispatch photo, from an artistic/journalistic standpoint, is fantastic.

    • stoutfiles - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Picture is perfect. “It’s over” doesn’t even need to be there; it just reiterates what the picture already says.

      • pastabelly - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Yup, the old Wide World of Sports tagline, “thrill of victory and agony of defeat”. Whoever took that picture, did a great job.

  2. rickdobrydney - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Gotta love those goggles, over/under, anyone , for the number of days until Ortiz starts complaining about his contract ???

    • chip56 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Figure there will be some reference to it in his comments during the parade.

    • theskinsman - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      The over for time from end of the series douchebag comment from you was 30 seconds. Congrats.

  3. chip56 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Clearly when they said “Tested” they were not referring to David Ortiz having to pee into a cup :-)

    • shaggylocks - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Yeah, this is the big under-reported story here. Why won’t MLB give David Ortiz a drug test? Seriously, test him! Make him pee in a cup! Because we all know the second he does we’ll discover that’s he’s 95% composed of steroids and HGH, with just a bit of skin and bone to hold it all together.

      Who cares if it has taken him a long time to recover from injuries, despite the fact that PEDs are supposed to speed up that recovery time? That just doesn’t jive with my preconceived “cheater” narrative, so it obviously doesn’t apply here. I mean, c’mon, the league has supposedly been randomly testing EVERYBODY for YEARS now, but they’re obviously skipping Ortiz, because we haven’t heard any news about that cheating McCheaterson being suspended yet. That has to be the reason, right? They’re just not making him pee into a cup? Because there’s no other possible explanation for an extraordinary baseball player playing extraordinary baseball except steroids.

      • realitypolice - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        I’m not saying Ortiz is a cheater, I have no idea whether he is or isn’t. I will make two points. One, the fact that he hasn’t failed a drug test does not mean he isn’t using something. None of the players suspended in the BioGenesis scandal failed tests. The fact that the chemists are ahead of the testers is well known.

        Second, how many other players can have articles written about them in their mid thirties titled “Is David Ortiz Finished” (Bleacher Report June 6th, 2009) and “Boston’s defiant David Ortiz: ‘Trust me, I am not finished'” (USA Today June 8th, 2009) and then come storming back in his late thirties to put up some of the best numbers of his career, and not have one single member of the national media even ask the question of whether he is getting help?

        There has always been a double standard when it comes to talking about PEDs. If a player is popular with the fans and media, it never comes up. If they aren’t, it never stops coming up. Again, I have no idea whether Ortiz has used PEDs or not, and I hope he hasn’t, but I do find it funny how morally indignant people get when you dare to bring it up.

      • shaggylocks - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Okay, I hear what you’re saying. We shouldn’t get all morally indignant when people are accused of things like doping without any evidence. Guilty until proven innocent. Check.

      • realitypolice - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Arod is about to be suspended without testing positive for anything. Since you obviously feel anyone who doesn’t test positive is innocent, this must bother you a great deal.

      • shaggylocks - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Of course not! Like I said, I wish more members of the national media would cast doubts on sports players without any evidence! I mean, that’s their job, right? Just because there’s no evidence doesn’t mean Ortiz hasn’t probably done something wrong, probably.

        But seriously, I know A-Rod should get extra punishment just for being history’s greatest monster and all, but same standard of evidence should go for him. His 212 game suspension is ridiculous, especially in light of the rules governing punishment set out by the league and the union in the CBA. But that’s neither here nor there. We were talking about why it’s okay for sportswriters to try to condemn players in the court of public opinion based solely on suspicion.

      • therealtrenches - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        @ reality police….

        Regarding “not having one single member of the national media even ask the question of whether [Ortiz] is [juicing]”: tune in to Colin Cowherd. It’s almost all he talks about while I’m in the car.

      • Joe - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Douche Shaughnessey accused him back in May.

  4. chip56 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Prediction – St. Louis will be back in the series before Boston.

    • chip56 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Dislike the comment all you like, but the Cardinals have a young stable of pitchers and position players all under contract with the exception of Beltran.

      The Red Sox are older, got lucky on the health of Napoli and Ortiz, are losing at least two and probably more of their players to free agency (Ellsbury and Drew for sure – Salty probably) Forrest Gumped their way into an amazing season from a journeyman closer and a solid season and have locked up two awful pitchers in their rotation (Dempster and Peavy). Middlebrooks took a huge step back this year and now they’re going to need him and Bogarts to play up to their expectations.

      • stoutfiles - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Holliday and Molina aren’t exactly young. The pitching staff is good but the offense is likely not getting better. Cards should be good next year but not as good.

        Boston will fall off for sure, but Boston will start buying talent again. I don’t see either team in the WS for at least a while, but it’s hard to say which team will better after 3 years.

      • deacon85 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Hey chip56, where do I begin? First, your team lost. Second, you’re actually saying the Sox are lucky? Even other Cards fans wouldn’t support you there. Third, your team lost, Fourth, I’m still intoxicated with victory, so I don’t care about free agency for the moment. Fourth, your team lost, Fifth, talk about Forrest Gump all you want, but the guy was a winner at everything he did,and so are the Sox. Fifth, your team lost. Sixth, I’ll take my journeyman closer over your star closer any day of the week. Seventh, your team lost. Eighth, just a little bit jealous of Boegarts are you? (and learn to spell his name right!). Ninth, your team lost. Have a nice day!!

      • chip56 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        I’m not a Cards fan.

      • pkers - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        If Oscar Taveras comes back from his injury as the same explosive player he was the last few seasons, he could solidify the outfield picture all by himself for the Cards. Meanwhile, they continue to develop fantastic arms in their minors, so they could even swing a few for some offensive help if they find it necessary.

        As for the Sox, their roster may be getting older, but they too have very promising chips in the high minors, including several who had a taste of the majors (Bogaerts, Bradley, Webster). They should be able to fill any holes from injury or free agent attrition with either their young bucks or their big bucks.

        As for Uehara, to dismiss him as a “journeyman closer” is to not understand what an absolutely dominant reliever he’s been since the O’s moved him to the pen. He’s averaged over 11 k/9 and a little above 1 bb/9 since he’s been a reliever. The O’s leveraged his outstanding 1.5 years as a reliever for them into Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter. Outside of a rough 1st August with Texas after the trade, he performed quite well for the Rangers who, for whatever reason, decided not to resign him. And thus the Red Sox swooped in and reaped the rewards.

      • sandpiperair - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        deacon85– it’s spelled “Bogaerts.”

    • theskinsman - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Another prediction, St.Louis will choke again, and their fans will whine.

      • therealtrenches - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        I hate Cards fans as much as the next guy, but I haven’t heard any whining yet.

      • theskinsman - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        Try reading this comment section.

      • dtownbeatdown - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        theskinsman… you are the only one whining. SHHHHHHHHH

  5. bmoreravens1012013 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    All the cardinals need to do is grab a steroid user named , um, Ortiz

    • drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      They already have one coaching their hitters.

    • adowding3 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Says the ravens fan. know where i can find some deer antler spray?

  6. joestemme - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    One more headline:

    Five out of Six Hardball Talk ‘experts’ were wrong! Red Sox World Series Champs.

  7. shaggylocks - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I had posted this link in a previous comment, but it seems a more natural fit here. In case you needed anymore reason to roll your eyes at the very mention of Dan Shaughnessy’s name, go back and check out his February preview of the 2013 Red Sox:

    • dan1111 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I’m not at all a fan of Shaughnessy, but it is hard to find much fault in that analysis, given what was known at the beginning of 2013. I was certainly not excited about this team’s prospects before the season started.

    • realitypolice - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Criticizing writers for getting predictions wrong is as trite and pointless as the predictions themselves. If you went back over the years, you would probably see that almost every well respected sportswriter in the country gets more pre-season predictions wrong than right. The fact is, virtually no sportswriter in America picked the Red Sox to win the world series before the season started. That’s part of what makes the story so great, and I’m not even a Red Sox fan.

  8. drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Just a flabbergasting championship. The haters can take their sour grapes and go home.

  9. redsoxchamp11 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Boston took more than a champioship home last night.

    the legend of carlos beltran = fail
    the best fans in baseball are in st. louis? pretry sure that was proven false last night. not once did the crowd even have an effect on a game as close to what the Feway faithful did last night.

    move over St. Louis, Boston is title town again and Cherington is primed for more.

  10. sfsugator - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    The World Series was on???? Yawn Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Baseball is tarnished for trying to take away pretty much 2 decades of stats

    • stex52 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Hey, it’s not like we need you around here. Pro Football Talk called. They’re short one moron. We said you’d be right over.

      • sfsugator - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        It’s true baseball has slipped through out the years it’s sad when opening night of the nba has higher ratings than game 6 of the World Series. Jus saying and who is we it’s a message board troll don’t get mad because I’m accurate.

  11. dtownbeatdown - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    It is weird how a team can come together for a town and win championships to lift them back up. Boston, New Orleans… IT WOULD BE NICE IF DETROIT COULD GET ON BOARD!

    Can’t wait for next season. Congrats to Boston and their fans… as I have stayed away from hardball talk due to my excessive drinking and anger since Detroit lost. But I have coped with it now. Down to only a 12 pack a night… sigh.

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