Most Valuable Papi
Ortiz didn’t win the MVP, he fell short again. He has now finished in every spot in the top five but first (fifth in ’03; fourth in ’04; second in ’05; and now the bronze this year).
Unlike last year, when every Red Sox fan had the right to feel as if their man had been robbed, there wasn’t much of an argument for Papi this year. That’s because his team cost him any chance of competing for the award by an implosion of epic proportions in late August.
MVP Awards are won in September and that’s exactly what Morneau did. He stole the award with a brilliant finish to the season, helping his team to the playoffs in the process.
The Red Sox took the bat out of Papi’s hands in September by playing meaningless games for the entire month. it’s too bad. These are prime years for Papi and he was by far the front runner for the MVP on Aug. 1. But as we know, things changed drastically after that.
I was somewhat surprised Jeter didn’t win. I thought he had a terrific year. But there’s probably some East Coast bias to begin with that led many of us to think that Jeter would win
Morneau had an awesome year and did it when it mattered most, and I’m glad the voters rewarded him for that.
In my mind, Jeter is Tom Brady, and both players are yet to win an MVP. The great thing about both Jeter and Brady is that they aren’t driven by individual awards.
Neiter is Papi. He just wants to win. And because his team didn’t do nearly enough of that this year, he didn’t win his MVP.
I’m thinking that ’07 is Papi’s year for MVP, without a doubt. He just needs his team to stay in the race until the end.