(Sure, I hate baseball, but still, even I know this is impressive….. – promoted by Cool Cal)
Pedroia beats out Morneau to win AL MVP
NEW YORK — Dustin Pedroia could easily be mistaken for a mechanic, carpenter or plumber, most anything except a major leaguer.
“I’m not the biggest guy in the world. I don’t have that many tools,” he said. “If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn’t think I’m a baseball player.”
Well, not unless he was carrying his AL MVP award.
Pedroia added to his ever-expanding trophy case Tuesday, becoming the first second baseman to earn the honor in nearly a half-century.
The Boston little man with the meaty swing easily beat out Minnesota slugger Justin Morneau, Red Sox teammate Kevin Youkilis and record-setting Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez in a scattered ballot that saw five different players draw first place-votes.
Generously listed at 5-foot-9, Pedroia has quickly piled up a huge stack of hardware. Earlier this month, he won the Gold Glove. He was the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and capped off that season with a World Series ring.
“I had to overcome a lot of things to prove people wrong, and so far I’ve done that,” he said on a conference call from his home in Arizona. “I have to find a way to have that edge.”
Pedroia drew 16 of the 28 first-place votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and finished with 317 points. He was even left off one ballot, while Morneau and Youkilis were listed on every one….
Not a politics story, but I’m posting it here anyway for my own amusement. We’re all Sox fans here anyway… except perhaps for Festus.