Happy Cy Young Award day! It’s a day to celebrate the best pitchers in the game and make some snarky jokes about, ahem, pitchers who are not necessarily the best. I’ll try to stick to the former category, although you know how hard it is for me.
But yes. David Price and R.A. Dickey cleaned up for the AL and NL respectively and from the Giants, Matt Cain finished sixth, which is his highest finish for this award yet. Yu Darvish also got one vote – albeit a fifth place one – which made me ridiculously happy.
Oh, did I also mention that he has Ranger-themed headphones?
I didn’t have a huge stake in the Cy Young Award this year (that is, there wasn’t anyone I was particularly rooting for) so let’s just look at cute photos of Tim Lincecum’s dog Cy and be done with it.
Lastly, the Giants made Jeremy Affeldt’s deal officialofficial today, but it was basically already officialofficial, so no biggie. Peppermint mochas to all, most especially Dickey and Price who have a lot to be proud of this evening. Congratulations, gentlemen.
(How cheesy is it to use an Eminem line when talking about a Detroit ballplayer? Very cheesy indeed.)
Verlander. One tough act to follow, no doubt about it.
Not only is he funny and sweet and humble, he also won 20+ games, went to the ALCS and then won the American League MVP today, backing up his Cy Young Award win last week. First pitcher to do it since 1986. (Cue the googly eyes.)
Whoa. Whew. And other expressions of surprise and admiration that begin with “W”.
Congratulations to Justin and the Tigers and the city of Detroit and Marshall Mathers, III, while we’re at it. And Chrysler. And Ford. Actually, not Ford. They make hideous cars. Just Justin and the Tigers.
But can I just get all critical here, though, and suggest how mega-ly dramatic this all would have been a red carpet show? I think I’ve said this before. In fact, I’m sure I have. But really, picture it. Baseball players in wonderful silver suits and funny presenters- like, yes, myself- and major drama, camera-cutting-from-face-to-face as the announced the award winners.
Some crocodile tears wouldn’t be too bad either.
And hey, if you can get someone who happens to be Jennifer Lopez to wear a sparkly bodysuit and drive around in a weird car on stage? That’s even better.
But why or why or why do the Rangers insist on Neftali starting and then put a knife to his back and make him pretend to like it (looking at you, Jon Daniels Knife Bearer)? Speaking of drama.
Verlander wins the Cy Young award unanimously!
Er, that is (bring in the friendly photo, pronto, please and thank you):
Ah, there we go!
No, seriously. I’m happy for him. Way happy for him. Grinning-from-ear-to-ear-because-it-couldn’t-happen-to-a-better-guy-happy. Congratulations, Justin. You make me proud to have Detroit pride (oxymoron? Maybe.). And yeah, you’re kind of awesome yourself.
Keep it up, kiddo.
Most of you probably know that I love closers. They are players who work under extreme pressure and throw upwards of 100 mph. They are the one and only on their team. They are glorified and vilified in the same week. They are generally the weirdest off the field, as well. What’s not to love?
So here’s my question: why is there no award for closers? We have the Cy Young Award (for starting pitchers), Silver Slugger (for hitters), Golden Glove (for fielders), various awards for relievers… but nothing for closers. (Incidentally- why are the sluggers silver and the gloves gold?) Is that offensive or what? (If you know of an award and I am incorrect, please do tell me.)
Here’s my proposal: The Diamond Girl Award. It would be an annual award to honor the best closer in the game- one in the AL, one in the NL. It could be voted on, the same way as the Cy Young award or maybe it would be fan-voted, like the All-Stars. We can work out the details later.
The big difference between this award and others in baseball is that the announcement would be much more exciting. In every other industry there’s a ceremony with an, “And the ______ goes to…” so why don’t we have that in baseball? I can just picture it. We’d have, say, 10 nominees from each league and it there would be tons of suspense. It would be nationally televised and the ratings would be huge. And I would get to present the awards. At least for the first year.
So who would you nominate to get the award this year? The first commenter to guess who I would give it to wins a virtual hug.