It’s that time of year again! What time of year, you ask? That very special time, I say, when a million odd Giants fans opinions are worth as much as one Barry Zito opinion. I’m talking about the Willie Mac Award, of course. The recipient of the award will be announced tonight (spoiler alert: it’s Buster) and the fan vote tallies to one vote, vs. all the players who get a vote apiece. I’m of the opinion that they should just not let the fans vote at all if they’re going to be so stingy about. Why one vote? Why not three, in honor of – you guessed it – the magic number?
All kidding aside, I’m kind of jittery going into this series against the Padres. (It’s the Padres. Who am I kidding?) Jittery in a good way. Jittery in a they-don’t-even-have-Jed-anymore way. I’m going to need to stockpile more blood orange San Pellegrino for the *coughjinxcough* potential big moment this weekend. Can you believe we’re that close to a champagne party? Didn’t the season just start?
Not to dampen the mood, but it was also announced today that Melky has become ineligible to win the batting title. He wasn’t exactly eligible to begin with, but through some loopholes he was and… now he’s not again. Confusing, I know. The story is that Melky requested not to be eligible because of his image issues or whatever (I think his image issues run a little deeper, but he knows better than I do) and MLB granted the request. (Bud Selig was all, “We have a second wildcard. My life is compete. Do what you want, interns.”)
The MLB web team is evidently too busy making their Twitter account private and then public and then private again and then public again to update the batting average list.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Melky took performance-enhancing drugs. It should be a simple answer, probably: he’s not eligible. But I don’t necessarily feel that way. There are so many tainted records and awards in the history of baseball that this move feels fairly arbitrary. It doesn’t change my opinion of Melky either way. I don’t think he’s the only one doing it, so I don’t have a particular amount of distaste for him. I understand why he’d want to be out of the running for the title, but the whole situation is just icky. I’m not sure what would have been the best path to take with this, but I do know that whoever does end up landing the batting title is going to be fielding a whole lotta questions. If I were him, I’d start stocking up on the “No comment” t-shirts/blimps right about now.
Must go prepare for Orange Friday. Catch you all later.