Will Our Long National Nightmare Finally Be Over?

The Curse of the Hit Dog may finally come to an end today.

Yes, I'm referring to the Red Sox' long, terrible MVP drought, no player having won the hardware since Mo Vaughn in 1995. After acrimoniously leaving Dan Duquette's soulless regime in 1998, Vaughn famously cursed the Red Sox, and the effects have been devastating.

First there was the Great Pedro Snub of 1999, when George King famously left Martinex off his ballot, arguing he didn't believe pitchers should be eligibe for the MVP one year after naming two pitchers to his MVP ballot.

Then, despite having the greatest pitching season in the history of baseball in 2000, Martinez could finish no better than fifth, thanks to the Red Sox' suckitude. Disastrous campaigns in 2001 and 2002 cost Manny Ramirez shots at the award.

In 2003, David Ortiz, Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra finished fifth, sixth and seventh in the balloting, splitting six first-place votes among them — the same number that went to winner Alex Rodriguez. In 2004, Ramirez led the league in OPS for the eventual World Series winners, yet finished third behind Valdimir Guerrero and Gary Sheffield.

And who can forget the Grest Debate of 2005, when Ortiz and Rodriguez were locked in a close race for the award while the Sox and Yanks were locked in a race for the division. The Sox lost the division on a tiebreaker; Ortiz lost the MVP by 24 votes. Somewhere, Mo Vaughn flexed a tattooed bicep and smiled.

The Sox were out of it in 2006, costing Ortiz another shot at the MVP in a season where he surely would have won if Boston had even contended for a playoff spot, and last year, Alex Rodriguez was simply too good.

But could this year be the year? Dustin Pedroia comes in as the favorite, but Kevin Youkilis also has garnered support. Could they split the vote, allowing a dark horse like Carlos Quentin or Francisco Rodriguez to slip in and keep the curse alive?

We'll know in a few short hours.

27 comments… add one
  • The Boston writers should have held some kind of conference with each other to ensure that they’re not splitting the vote between them.
    I won’t hold my breath though, as I don’t think either of them are going to get it.
    I hope one of the do, but I don’t think they will.
    Lohud will be interesting to read if one does actually win. The conspiracy theorists will be out in full steam!

    Brad November 18, 2008, 11:19 am
  • Somewhere, Mo Vaughn flexed a tattooed bicep and smiled.
    Sadly, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that K-Rod is going to win. It’s the perfect storm–there’s no clear winner amongst hitters, and Youk/Pedroia will likely split votes. So I’m predicting it now: K-Rod will win, even though the Angels still would have won their division if he had blown 20 more saves.

    Atheose November 18, 2008, 11:52 am
  • It is an interesting exercise to remove the names from the numbers while looking at Pedroia, Morneau, K-Rod, Youk, ARod, Bradley, etal, and then see if you feel the same way about your pick.

    attackgerbil November 18, 2008, 1:56 pm
  • Pedroia won!!!!

    rootbeerfloat November 18, 2008, 2:01 pm
  • Wowsers.
    Good for him.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 2:03 pm
  • It wasn’t even close either. Linkage.
    A couple oddities:
    – One writer left Pedroia off the ballot altogether.
    – One writer thought Francisco Rodriguez deserved the whole shebang, but two voted him 10th and SEVEN left him off the ballot altogether.
    – Joe Mauer got more second-place votes than anyone, but finished fourth.
    – Outlier of the year: Jason Bartlett received a single fifth-place vote.
    – The AL champion Rays’ top finisher was Carlos Pena, who placed ninth and was only named on 13 of 30 ballots.

    Paul SF November 18, 2008, 2:09 pm
  • Who the hell would have left him off the ballot altogether?
    Does Murray Chass have a vote?
    Seriously, is this public knowledge? How is this inbred not being called out on this, and asked if he actually watched any baseball this year?

    Brad November 18, 2008, 2:15 pm
  • Same goes for leaving K-Rod off the ballot.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 2:16 pm
  • Wow. RoY followed by a GG and MVP.
    Not a bad way to start a career. Remember when he couldn’t hit his weight back in April of ’07? Kudos to Tito for sticking with him.

    ponch - sf November 18, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • Well I was at the world’s most tedious teacher training and now it’s over and I get this news. What next? The Yanks are going to sign Jeff Weaver to a multi-year deal?
    Anyway, Pedroia is definitely a worthy pick, especially when you factor in position, defense and baserunning. I can’t complain. It just bothers the hell out of me that Jeter will finish his career without one mvp.

    Nick-YF November 18, 2008, 2:46 pm
  • In case anyone needed further proof as to why this man is an untalented bafoon, please head over and check out Abraham’s thread heading on Pedroia on Lohud.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 2:48 pm
  • It just bothers the hell out of me that Jeter will finish his career without one mvp.
    That’s more a result of playing the same postion as A-Rod in his prime than a reflection of Jeter’s worth.
    He’s definitely had years where his name should have been in the mix, but always, those years were outdone by the guy on his right side now.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 2:49 pm
  • Really, Brad, that headline bothers you that much?

    Nick-YF November 18, 2008, 2:50 pm
  • “That’s more a result of playing the same postion as A-Rod in his prime than a reflection of Jeter’s worth.”
    Oddly enough, the MVP years I’m thinking of were years when Jeter received more MVP votes than A-Rod. No, one year he was outshone my Justin Morneau and another year it was IRod.

    Nick-YF November 18, 2008, 2:51 pm
  • The writer was from Texas, and he had Youk as his number one.
    Regardless of that, he had everyone above Pedroia.
    I retract my Murray Chass comment.
    They’re trying to get him on EEI right now.
    But he had Morneau and Mauer on his ballot, so the one per team argument is going to work.
    I’ll be interested to hear his explain this.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 2:54 pm
  • Seriously, is the LoHud headline that bad? I think its funny…

    Sam-YF November 18, 2008, 2:55 pm
  • Really, Brad, that headline bothers you that much?
    No, not at all. But wouldn’t it be just as unfair to say something like “Abraham wins the beat writer of the year award…fat, unfunny people everywhere rejoice”!!
    It’s uncalled for, and completely a ploy to get a ruse out of the fan base that inhabit that site (excluding you, whom I deem as pretty intelligent), and get off on someone poking fun at Pedroia or Youkilis. Oh, I’m sorry..Pukelis.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 2:58 pm
  • “I’ll be interested to hear his explain this.”
    I’m sure it will be like a Wittgenstein essay.

    Nick-YF November 18, 2008, 2:59 pm
  • I personally thought the LoHud headline was funny and Dustin himself makes enough jokes about his size to think it’s allowable. Besides, he ended with “Inexplicably, somebody left Pedroia off their ballot entirely.”

    rootbeerfloat November 18, 2008, 3:00 pm
  • “whom I deem as pretty intelligent”
    Why the freaking qualifying “pretty”?!

    Nick-YF November 18, 2008, 3:00 pm
  • Again, no it’s not that bad. It’s just backhanded and uncalled for.
    He’s a baseball writer, albeit a bad one, not a comedy writer. Especially when he doesn’t have a leg to stand on with regards to talking about someone else’s shortcomings.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 3:00 pm
  • Why the freaking qualifying “pretty”?!
    ha. Okay..just intelligent then. ha.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 3:01 pm
  • Me: not the biggest Pete Abe fan.
    That headline: funny.
    Come on, Brad!

    SF November 18, 2008, 3:05 pm
  • Nice, Nick.
    One of my favorite quotes of all time…
    “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Brad November 18, 2008, 3:06 pm
  • I should have posted that quote on the chalk board in the room where I had my training!

    Nick-YF November 18, 2008, 3:07 pm
  • I think about it everyday when I get up to go to work. ha.

    Brad November 18, 2008, 3:07 pm
  • I give Pete Abe as much grief as anyone on this site (because he deserves it), but not only is the headline clever, in the body of the copy he says, 1. Pedroia should have been named on every ballot, and 2. that Francisco Rodriguez should not have received a first-place vote. Hard to argue with that.

    Paul SF November 18, 2008, 3:18 pm

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