Pujols NL MVP?
Anyone happen to catch Joe Buck’s comment in the aftermath of Albert Pujols’ 2-run homer in the 3rd inning of last night’s World Series Opener?
“The Tigers pitch to the MVP and he makes Detroit pay.”
Interesting, huh? I know, I know. Buck has made numerous references to Pujols being the reigning MVP, but I can’t recall once this whole postseason (and I’ve watched just about every single game) when he hasn’t attached the requisite “reigning” to precede MVP. Hmm. Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but I think Buck slipped up. I can tell you this much; Joe Buck knows who won the National League MVP Award. I guarantee it. The vote for the prestigious award took place right after the regular season and it’s not uncommon at all for the impending result to leak out. Heck, look at what went on this past spring with the NBA awards. Every single trophy was “reported” by a local media source before the honor was officially announced. In some cases, like with Steve Nash winning his second consecutive MVP award, the news broke more than 2 weeks before the actual announcement.
Another nugget of information to consider—Joe Buck is the Cardinals play-by-play announcer. The chances that the news would break to him, before almost any other media member (either local or national), is an almost certainty. Whether you like him or not, the guy’s got clout. And especially in a season in which there’s a lot of suspense as to who won the award (in both leagues for that matter, although I think Jeter won by a landslide in the AL), it’s highly probable that some league source, some power-hungry, gossip-loving executive spilled the beans to Buck because he wanted to further his relationship with the most powerful media member covering the MLB (apologies to Peter Gammons).
I’m telling you…Buck goofed up. Pujols won MVP. And I’m not too thrilled about it (Ryan Howard deserved it, but that’s a whole separate column). Of course, I’m being entirely presumptuous and if Howard does indeed win the award, then let’s just pretend I didn’t write this.