Dice-K takes the ball tonight in Bird-land, going for win No. 14. And to me, that brings up a very compelling point. If the Rookie of the Year comes from the Red Sox this year, which is a very good possibility, who should it be?
My friend/colleague Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram has the vote for Rookie of the Year and will not vote for Dice-K or Okajima, just as he did not vote for Matsui in 2003. Bill’s point, and it’s a good one, is how you can consider someone a rookie when they’ve been playing professional baseball for years?
While I agree with Bill’s thoughts, the fact of the matter is that Dice-K and Okajima are still eligible for the award by the letter of the law, so should they be penalized for that mistake? You make the call.
Pedroia, a true rookie in every way, is hitting .326 and has been terrific on both sides of the ball.
I want all of you comenters this weekend to let me know which of these 3 you would vote for?
Is it the steady everyday player who is a true rookie?
Is it the Japanese icon who has, in all but a few of his outings, lived up to the enormous expectations?
Is it the other Japanese pitcher who has come out of nowhere to become one of the best relief pitchers in baseball?
P.S. — I wanted to express a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who expressed support and sympathy to my family and I in the comments section during what has been the most trying time of my life. It means a lot.
I’ll be laying very low until Aug. 23, when the Red Sox go to Chicago. I had already had some vacation time scheduled before the personal tragedy that took me out of work last week. But I will be monitoring the team either through MLB.TV’s archived games or even the comments section on the blog.
thx a lot,