I was okay with Justin Morneau barely besting Derek "The Awesome" Jeter to win the AL MVP Award yesterday. When I heard the news, I was legitimately happy for Morneau, who my buddy Chuck B and I had on our fantasy team this season. So we know what kind of player he is, and we know what he did night in and night out for the Twins.
But the more I think about it, the more upset I'm getting, for two major reasons. The first is that Morneau was not even the MVP of his own team -- that was AL Cy Young winner Johan Santana. Morneau is a beast, a force in the lineup and a pretty good fielder, but without Santana on the bump every five days, the lefty first baseman is nothing more than a Carlos Lee. I'm not saying Santana should have won the AL MVP, I'm just saying the AL MVP should probably be the most valuable player on his own team to qualify for the award.
More importantly, I'm tired of the tired "But Jeter's on the Yankees!" argument. Obviously we'll never know what would have happened, but if you take Jeter off that team this season there's no guarantee they'd have made the playoffs, and I'm guessing they wouldn't. Everyone behind him in the lineup this year was either injured for a prolonged period of time or in a massive slump for much of the season, so how can you just slap on that stupid Yankees argument and be done with it? You can't, dick, and you shan't.
And as for this Billy Ripken Fuckface motherfucker that placed Jeter 6th on the ballot, he should have his voting privileges revoked, his credit cards cut up and his bank account frozen. I mean, seriously, sixth place? Thanks for confirming you either know nothing about beisbol or you're a biased dickfor with no chance of ever voting objectively. You're done, brah, I'm gonna eat your kids.
Morneau, I like ya, you've got three vowels at the end of your last name, and you deserve a piece of the hardware. But you only deserve a small piece, and you know it. That's Derek's award, whether he wants it or not. Enjoy whatcha got.
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