I know everyone thought I’d go Celtics/Knicks especially when two of our favorites, Leon Powe and Brian Scalabrine, were key cogs in the victory. But like I’ve said previously, the baseball stuff and football is taking precedent this early in the NBA season.
Did I mention that Dustin Pedroia won the AL MVP?
Honestly I think that the turning point from a great season to an MVP weekend was during that series against the Houston Astros. Sure the Sox lost two of three from the Astros that weekend, but it wasn’t Little Dusty’s fault. He went 9-14 in the series and raised his average over .300 at that point. There was no looking back from there. He continued to put the Sox on his back and carry the team into the playoffs.
So Little Dusty took the Silver Slugger, Golden Glove, and now the AL MVP. Not a bad season for a guy that won Rookie of the Year last year and people wanted replaced by Alex Cora. How’s that move working out for you? He joins Cal Ripken and Ryan Howard as the only players to follow up a rookie of the year campaign with an MVP.
And how much bonus money did Pedroia get for his MVP season? The same as I did. Nothing. So I leave you with a couple of shots courtesy of our friend JC. This is little Dusty celebrating last year’s ALCS on the field at Fenway.