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The Johan Santana newspaper wars

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Most of us have congratulated Johan Santana on his somewhat dubious no-hitter against the Cardinals and moved on. The New York Daily News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, however, remain in a state of entrenched warfare over the Carlos Beltran "foul" ball.

The P-D lobbed the first grenade on the morning after Santana's disputed no-no:


Needless to say, such a grave provocation did not sit well with a certain NYC tabloid. Their rejoinder:


In case the fine print eludes you, here's an especially prickly excerpt: "Apparently, the Post-Dispatch couldn't locate the asterisk key while Mark McGwire was swatting 220 steroid-aided home runs while a member of the Cardinals and setting bogus records in St. Louis."

At this point, it was only natural and predictable that the controversy should find its way to lofty perch of the P-D the editorial board. So on Tuesday morning they responded to the response with some relevant history and grievance-airing. Then there was, of course, an editorial cartoon ...


From this we are to surmise that all P-D staff are lean and sinewy alpha-dog types (admire the jaw-line!) while those in the employ of the Daily News are paunchy, graying, emotionally flimsy, and incapable of looking a gentleman in the eye.

The lesson from all this tribalism? The lesson is that only the Daily News is allowed to say mean things about the Mets.

More to come, I'm quite sure.

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