Hey, A-Rod! Smile!

It started when a still-unidentified paparazzo snapped photos of Mr. Rodriguez on May 27 entering a strip club in Toronto with a blond woman who was not his wife.

The photographer offered the pictures to the Post and, according to staffers at the Post’s crosstown rivals, to the News.

The Post decided first to go with them.

Greg Gallo, the Post’s sports editor, said the decision to run the front-page story was made by the Post’s city editors.

“It really is their story, not ours,” he said in an interview on June 4.

He said there was a “back-and-forth” between the sports department and the city editors on the story, and that he was “brought into the loop” on the paper’s decision to run the story on the front page—but ultimately, it was “their call.”

Once the story of Mr. Rodriguez and a “mysterious, busty blonde” broke, other photos quickly emerged of him with the woman, a gym-hardened blond stripper named Joslyn Noel Morse, from over the past several months—at a restaurant in Miami Beach, at a café in Tampa, and clad in bathing suits in Las Vegas. There also appeared photos of Mr. Rodriguez’s apparently cuckolded wife, smiling bravely at the attentions of the staked-out hordes. Also, later, pictures of Mr. Rodriguez out and about with his wife.

A Post spokeswoman, Suzanne Halpin, said, “It was the biggest story in town last week, and we’re proud to have broken it.”

Both Post editor in chief Col Allan and managing editor Jesse Angelo were unavailable for comment for this article. And the Yankees, through spokesman Howard Rubenstein—whose company also represents the Post and has done public-relations work for this paper—declined to comment.

Daily News editor in chief Martin Dunn, who said that he was in England over Memorial Day weekend when the incident took place, offered this statement about the chronology of events: “We don’t comment on what unnamed sources say. But the News was in the process of trying to verify the identity of the woman when the photog asked for his pictures back.”