AL MVP Trophy Comes To Fenway In 2008

Posted on November 19, 2008. Filed under: MLB | Tags: , , , , , , |

Historic Home of the 10th Red Sox Player to Win the AL MVP Award, Dustin Pedroia

Historic Home of the 10th Red Sox Player to Win the AL MVP Award, Dustin Pedroia

THE SOX WIN! THE SOX WIN!  Even though the Red Sox came up empty in a bid to repeat as World Series Champs in 2008, they did beat the Tampa Bay Rays in one category – MVP votes!  Hey, Red Sox Nation has to take solace in something . . .

WATER THE LAWN! THE SECOND BASEMAN MVP DROUGHT IS GONE:  With 16 first place votes, Dustin Pedroia became the first second baseman to capture the hearts of MVP voters since Nellie Fox won it with the Chicago White Sox in 1959 – that’s just a year after my Mom was born and two years after my Dad came into existence – as lifelong Boston fans, they are seeing the first second baseman win the MVP since they can remember and voila!  It’s a Sox player . . . happy days, happy days . . .

IN GOOD COMPANY:  Pedroia became only the third player in MLB history to win the MVP award the season after capturing Rookie of the Year following Cal Ripken Jr and Ryan Howard.  And guess what?  With a $457,000 salary from Boston in 2008, he did NOT have an MVP bonus clause in his contract . . .

What’s up with that, Theo? 

Santa might be bringing a little something for the new AL MVP – don’t ya think? 

TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD:  Not far behind Dustin Pedroia was teammate Kevin Youkilis – utlilty player extraordinaire – who came in third place behind Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins.  While David Ortiz was nursing a wrist injury. and JD Drew and Mike Lowell also feeling the pain, not to mention Manny Ramirez being cross country in Dodger blue, both Youkilis and Pedroia came up BIG TIME in providing clutch hits and power in the batting order.

FUN FACT:  Angels 1B Mark Texieira receieved the same amount of AL MVP votes as Pirates CF Nate McClouth received in the NL MVP voting . . . ONE

There’s hope in Pirates land after all . . . wait, who am I kidding?  That losing situe in Pittsburgh is a whole other story . . .

Till next time!

 
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