Boys! Boys! Are we going to have to seperate you two? What’s up with David Ortiz’s mini-snipe at Derek Jeter on Sunday when he asked which of the two men should be mVP? “[Jeter’s] having a great season, but he’s got a lot of guys in that lineup. Top to bottom, you’ve got a guy who can hurt you. Come hit in this lineup, see how good you can be.”
Yeah, come hit in the Red Sox lineup ahead of Manny Ramirez. C’mon Big Papi. That’s not becoming of the guy who was everyone’s cuddly favorite for most of the season. But the Sox blew their opportunity to bury the Yankees while the New Yorkers were in ER and now Boston fans are back in their generational funk.
So who should win MVP? Here are some numbers, as of today (Tuesday, Sept. 1)
Jeter: 99 Runs 192 Hits 13 HRs 91 RBIs .346 AVG
Ortiz: 103 Runs 145 Hits 48 HRs 127 RBIs .288 AVG
Dye: 93 Runs 158 Hits 41 HRs 112 RBIs .325 AVG
Hmm. Sorry, Papi. If the vote had been taken at the All-Star Break you’d have won in a landslide. But since your team has slid out of contention, Jeter and Dye are my Final Two. And with more HRs and RBIs, Dye’s my pick. He’s the least sexy choice, but with the defending-World Series champions still lingering in the playoff hunt, Dye’s been the key to all things Sox (White). He should win the award, but if the Sox don’t make the playoffs, Jeter wins and Ortiz whines.