Afternoon Baseball

Common-sense ruminations on baseball and culture.

I'll have more in-depth, but in brief:
1. There is no wrong choice between A-Rod and David Ortiz, no matter what people say. But what we will probably remember 10 years from now is how incredible, dangerous, and underrated Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez were in the shadows.

2. Albert Pujols is a worth MVP, but Derrek Lee had a season to remember. He shouldn't have to remember it for the year where he was placed behind a solo-HR-or-nothing Andruw Jones, who basically had his normal maddening year for the 9th year in a row, except he hit 10-15 more home runs.

3. The Hideki Matsui re-signing was pivotal. It is forgotten how big an impact he has had on the team off-the-field (along with his on-field excellence): Japanese media and all that comes with that, increased attendance, and a player who is a consummate professional.

4. Tanyon Sturtze will never be great, but he's a much tougher pitcher than anyone ever thought and will do anything you ask him to do. He's a baseball player you want to have.

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