Thanks to headlines like "Headless Body In Topless Bar" and "Axis Of Weasel", New York Post front and back pages are a cultural staple. The job of Post headline writer might be one of the most coveted in the city. I wonder if there is a celebration in the newsroom when players with names tailor-made for the tabloids, like J.J. Putz and Jason Bay, are acquired. There's probably a bottle of Champagne waiting to be uncorked on the day Dick Pole is hired as Mets pitching coach. The Post recently compiled the best back pages of the 2000s (the back page cover is sports related). Here are the Mets-themed covers, most of which are depressing, unfortunately:
May 5, 2002: In Matthews's finest hour, he severed ties with The Post after expressing displeasure with the paper's coverage of this non-story. Credit where credit is due.
October 20, 2006: I choose to remember October 19th as the night of "The Catch".
October 1, 2007: "I'm not devastated, but I am disappointed".
June 18, 2008: Even the sub-headlines are bad news: "Manuel debut a disaster", "Reyes hurt in loss".
September 29, 2008: Guinness World Record set for world's largest simultaneous facepalm: 57,333 fans + 1 Jose Reyes.
June 13, 2009: Two hands please.
July 31, 2009: The dialogue balloon possibilities are endless.
Here's a good one that didn't make the Post's list of negativity:
And one more non-Mets cover for good measure:
January 5, 2000: Define "better off".