Man, that game was INCREDIBLE. I was sittin watching it in the living room with my roomates and we were FURIOUS as to how Grady Little keeps putting Todd Walker in the 3-spot...we love nomar in the 2 spot, but WALKER 3? puh-lease. And then, we were even more furious when we realized Adrian Brown was coming up after Walker. Anyway, my roomate says "Man, Adrian Brown up next? The only way we do this is if Walker goes yard"...next pitch, i kid you not, GOODBYE! YEAHHHH!!
I jumped so high and pumped my fist in the air so hard I actually cut up my hand pretty bad on the ceiling, lol. I kid you not, that was the sweetest pain I've ever felt. It was a shame though that Walker's shot was only #3 on Sportscenter top 10, behind Conine's game tying seventh inning shot in Florida, what a rip off. Ortiz was worthy of the spot though, and by that I mean his quote after the game, "I knew i hit it, and i look over to see my people and they saying RUN RUN RUN and i just laugh and say PSHT, I crush dat ball". HILARIOUS!
Anyway, thats my joyous rant on the subject. I wanted to bring up a point on Ortiz for MVP as was already mentioned. First of all, let's not kid ourselves, Ortiz won't win it. However, that doesn't necessarily mean hes not more valuable than anybody else in the league. He's certainly been the most valuable Red Sox this season, ESPECIALLY with all of these great numbers coming up in the second half of the season. Ichiro in my mind WAS the MVP, but he slumped miserably and it has (seemingly) taken the Mariners straight to the golf course. Then, looking at just the playoff teams (which i guess you cant do but ill do it anyway) theres no real clear cut choice. Minnesota? Ummm...well it aint Torii Hunter THIS time, it seems to me the best addition to that team was Shannon Stewart, who won't win the award for some of the same reasons Ortiz won't. Oakland? Well their MVP(s) is(are) a pitcher(s) and we all know how much we hate pitchers getting MVP talk, deserve it or not. In NY?...well i guess Giambi has a shot, or Jeter (near batting title, pretty solid). Other than that, who else can you pick? Again, I don't expect Ortiz to get many (or any) votes, but if I was a writer, I wouldn't know what to do cuz I really don't see that many great options elsewhere. So I would then like to pose the question, regardless of whether or not Ortiz will actually win the award, is he the most valuable player in the American League?? I of course want to say yes, but I know I'm a ridiculous homer so I won't cast a vote..though I think my speech gives a pretty good indication as to what I'm thinking!
Rest in peace Mitch Hedberg. I name my fantasy team "Buoyancy of Citrus", in your honor.