Tuesday, November 21, 2006

There is "Just-ice" in the World:
Morneau Edges Jeter for AL MVP

Sometimes you can believe that some things in sports aren't affected by karma -- a balance between good and bad. Then you see Justin Morneau beating favorite Derek Jeter for AL MVP and you realize that there might just be a force bigger than all of us making sure that, from time to time, shocking/amusing/wonderful things happen.

25 comments:

Eric in High Point,NC said...

He is America's MVP. What sucks is that Sportscenter will "break down" why Jeter should've won, instead of why Morneau did win.

GuyInTheCorner said...

i'm happy to say that i got all the postseason awards correct and that i didn't have to follow through with my comitting of suicide if jeter won

Anonymous said...

Santana should have won.

Debbie25LW said...

You should all check out Mike and the MadDog's interview with Joe Cowley, the Chicago Sun Times "reporter" who ranked Jeter 6th in the vote- behind Morneau, Dye, Santana, Thomas, and Papi. He doesn't have a leg to stand on. Really, amusing for Yankee fans and haters alike.

http://www.wfan.com/pages/119297.php

P.S.- Ryan Howard is the face of baseball.

ChrTh said...

"you realize that there might just be a force bigger than all of us making sure that, from time to time, shocking/amusing/wonderful things happen."

Did Dan just try to equate the Baseball Writers of America with God? Now that's sucking up!

GuyInTheCorner said...

i listened to that segment and i noticed a couple things

mike and the mad dog are morons

arguing that the red sox were not in contension was kinda retarded

arguing that jeter was great in the clutch and then when the guy answers with "better than papi?" and your answer is basically "ummm" is retarded

saying numbers don't count period is retarded, look at dyes numbers then look at jeters.. thers a BIG difference

then saying that its about whos a leader and not numbers is retarded, if that was true whoever is the captain of the best team wins every year

they then argued it was about who took the team to the playoffs to which he responded with the big hurt is much more important to the As making the playoffs then jeter was to the yanks, which is perfectly true, and there answer again was basically "ummm..."

the guy was right and they do yell because they want to

they are huge morons for saving the santana argument (which was their only really solid 1) till after the guy was off the air

i sure hope these guys were left off the debate team cause that was the worst arguing i've ever heard

not that i woulda voted jeter 6th

deffinitly not 1st, but the guy gave his reasons for all except santana which they didn't even ask about

Sports on the Moon said...

There were a few worthy candidates, and I'm just glad one of these actually won the award. Being an A's fan (among other actual valid reasons), I'm really glad someone other than Jeter did.

ESPN.com seemed surprised that the award came from somewhere other than the east coast. How many examples do we need of the Yankee love going on there. Its sickening. The little headlines on the front page I see right now talk of how Morneau isn't even the MVP of his team (Keith Law), how close the vote was, and how Jeter was the better choice (Rob Neyer). When I went to the ESPN MLB page I went from sick to outraged. The headlines of Law's story is in two places, one says "Morneau a laughable choice", the other says "Morneau awful choice for AL MVP". Laughable, awful? To retain my sanity, I should not read on. And I can't, because ESPN actually wants me to PAY to read his words? I think not.

JeterIs#1 said...

Email Joe Cowley and tell him what an idiot he is. jcowley@suntimes.com

rafael said...

Actually, I don't have a problem with Cowley's rankings of candidates.

Kevin said...

Five writers left Mauer off their ballot entirely! What the hell is wrong with the writers?

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

I'm so sick of this whole "Howard is the face of baseball" crap.

He's not even one of the 10 best players in the majors.

What's wrong with having Santana or Pujols be the "face" of baseball? Why not A-Rod or Jeter? At least we recognize those people.

95% of this country wouldn't recognize Howard if he were wearing his uniform and holding a sign saying "Hi, I'm Ryan Howard, the NL MVP!"

Since when does spending 2 years being upstaged by Albert Pujols make you "the face of baseball"?

Please. Next, I guess that since Indy lost on Sunday, Instant History will probably make them only the 4 best team in the league. Oh, wait...

Daps84 said...

Dan,
You dispute that Jeter is the "face of baseball"; You don't think he was the MVP this season. Why are you so anti-Jeter? Did he try and make a play for your wife down there in NYC or something? We all know DJ is a notorious playboy!

GuyInTheCorner said...
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GuyInTheCorner said...

KEITH LAW IS A MORON

he was the only espn.com expert who picked liriano as ROY, and....

HE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO PICKED CARLOS BELTRAN AS THE MVP OF THE NL

daps84-

i was wondering how not believing jeter is the mvp and the face of baseball constitues being anti-jeter. clearly the majority of the basebal writers of america didn't think he was the mvp and i doubt they would label him the face of baseball. but i don't think i'd say that thet are all anti-jeter.

Mike said...

Somehow, I have this funny feeling Jeter is more dissapointed with the Yanks early playoff exit then losing this award.

And if you want to talk about the Face of Baseball, its A-Rod. He's the first person laypersons would name when asked for the name of a baseball player.

Daps84 said...

guyinthecorner-

I think taking personal satisfaction/amusement in seeing Jeter lose the MVP constitutes some sort of resentment against DJ. In addition, I don't know if you followed Dan during the Quickie era, but it always seemed he had a disproportionate amount of criticism for Jeter and Jeter supporters. So yeah, I stand behind my position that Dan is anti-Jeter.

P.S., when Ryan Howard gets a profile piece on 60 Mintues, maybe then he can enter the "face of baseball" conversation.

darprice said...

Dan - feeder is broken. I actually had to come see the direct site instead of just reading it...

nyc-steelers fan said...

Just yesterday shanoff was saying jeter was going to win the award, and justifiably so. He expresses some schaudenfreude given that jeter doesn't win, but i wouldn't call it anti-jeter.

As for the face of MLB, ryan howard may be in the future, but he's not well known enough just yet (he is getting a backlash for winning the MVP; if some people are beginning to hate him, that's a good sign for his growing popularity). I'd say clemens and bonds and jeter and A-rod are still the most-well-known ballplayers out there. But I don't like any of there faces...

Matt T said...

yankeefreude at its finest.

Big D said...

Wow. It took me 14.5 hours from the first time I read this post until just now, to understand why "Just-ice" was in quotes.

I really need a vacation.

kirby077 said...

I just want to say that the reigning, NBA MVP is Canadian, the NHL MVP is Canadian (I know, I know...) and now the AL MVP is Canadian. Not bad eh?

Manada said...

Nice to see that Canadians have now won 3 of the top 4 Major League MVP's this year:

NBA: Nash
MLB: Morneau
NHL (YES, it still is a Major League): Thorton

Now all we need is a Canuck NFL'er to make it.....how about is Nate Burleson helps lead the Vikes to the Playoffs? (you know that this is a joke)

Anonymous said...

If Joe Mauer went by the nickname "Ivan Rodriguez" he'd have been unanimous choice for MVP.

GuyInTheCorner said...

i think the face of baseball is still barry bonds

but there was an interesting poll last year

people who first answered that they didn't follow baseball were asked to name the first baseball player they could think of

the answer: Cal Ripken Jr., Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. in that order

the ironic thing is that Cal was out of the game for 4 years already


which reminds me.... I heard this thing on the radio where they were saying that if a member of the BBWAA doesn't vote for Cal for the HOF this year that they should take the guy's vote away

Richard said...

Guy in the Corner,

I wouldn't say Bonds is the face of baseball.

However, he is easily the largest face in baseball. And I mean that literally.