Personally, I REALLY can't wait for the weekend. I'm tired.
But, baseball-wise, I know that Friday=roadtrip. And roadtrip=suck.
So, I can't really say/think things like "Friday needs to get here," because it seems like a mean thing to wish on the Twins. Poor guys.
Not to blow things out of proportion, but we've won TWO whole games in a row! It's been pretty exciting. A series win is nice for a change. It's been a while.
While I'm anxiously waiting for today's game to start online, I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on the AL MVP free-for-all.
Ian Kinsler was my early pick. But he's broken. Plus, if the award went to a Ranger, it'd be Hamilton anyway. But Hamilton has descended from his mid-season God-Like status, to being merely Super-Human now. Plus, only A-Rod is allowed to be MVP for a non-winning Rangers team. I believe that was written into his contract somewhere.
The Rays' success has been a fairly team-wide one, so it's hard to give it to one individual player. (Although, Joe Maddon is clearly the most deserving Manager of the Year contender, and Evan Longoria should be a lock for ROY, in my opinion.)
If, hypothetically, I were able to to put on my Objective Thinking Cap, 2 weeks ago I would have said Carlos Quentin should get it. He had great numbers, plus he deserves a lot of singular credit for the Sox being in 1st place, like it or not. But, he's broken now too.
Dustin Pedroia was getting a lot of MVP hype a while ago, but whenever I hear the name Dustin Pedroia, I immediately flash back to the image of him dancing shirtless, so it's impossible for me to seriously consider him for anything involving the word "valuable." If it was the MRP award, and the R stood for "ridiculous," I would be tirelessly campaigning for him.
K-Rod seems like a major candidate for the award. I won't go into a long diatribe about whether this is right or wrong (btw, it's wrong), but I do think everyone needs to think seriously about what, exactly, it says about the 2008 MLB season if the Most Valuable Player is a guy whose only job is to not lose games. Granted, given the past couple weeks of Twins-fandom, a player who is capable of not losing games does seem pretty valuable....but still. I can't get on board with this. Sorry.
So, honestly, Objective Thinking Cap on or not, I'd go with Justin Morneau either way, especially