Alex Rodriguez may be the most image-conscious, greedy, obnoxious athlete this side of Terrell Owens, but at least for this year, he’s also the American League’s best player. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America overwhelmingly voted A-Rod the AL MVP yesterday, awarding him 26 of the 28 first-place votes and 382 points. The runner-up was Detroit’s Magglio Ordonez, with 258 points.
It was A-Rod’s third MVP award (2003, 2005), and his second with the Yankees. He earned $1.5 million in bonus money for winning the award, ending the contract he just opted out of and officially making him richer than God. Afterwards, Rodriguez spoke with reporters for about 30 minutes, affirming the only place he ever wanted to play was New York, and that that didn’t change even though he has played like a scared, four-year old girl in most pressure situations during his career. “I had many, many opportunities,” Rodriguez said. “There was a lot of interest from a lot of other teams and I felt I didn’t want to go anywhere.”
In fact, he felt so strongly about not going anywhere, he actually left the team three weeks ago to go somewhere else. Ingenious! Furthermore, he announced he was leaving on national television by opting out during the final game of the World Series. If that doesn’t say “I love you guys and I want to star right here forever,” I don’t know what does.