In 27 Minutes, Josh Beckett Will Not Win The Cy Young Award
I am not going to be surprised, nor am I going to fuss about it. Nor should I: it’s the right decision. Unlike some Boston-focused columnists, the Sox’ wins are enough for me. When Pedro got screwed out of the 1999 MVP award because two people did not vote for him — well, that hurt quite a bit.
Let’s not forget what an abomination that was. Vegas Watch has that listed as the worst MVP vote in history, and more recently, it’s driven Pedro to eat. Or something.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard that. I was in my living room in my first college apartment (during my junior year), and my head about exploded when I saw the ticker. I couldn’t believe it. I was on my way out the door to O’Hare, and I would, coincidentally, miss my flight for the first time ever. The only good part is that it allowed me to go back to my apartment and complain non-stop. I haven’t stopped yet, just muted it in light of recent success.
I’m still pissed about Aaron Boone, too.
(Update: He did not win, nor did I think he deserved to win. By “the wins are enough for me,” I mean the Red Sox’ wins, not his wins, because pitcher wins are dumb.)
Chalk this up to poor phrasing. No, I don’t think Beckett deserves it. By “the wins are enough for me,” I meant the World Series title — makes the awards seem less important in general and something not worth getting worked up about. But he didn’t deserve it either way. Sabathia was better.
Do you really think Beckett deserves it? It seems that Beckett and Sabathia had remarkably similar stats this year other than innings pitched. Sabathia threw 40 more innings, which is a lot of added value to his team. Here are Beckett’s actual stats compared to Sabathia’s stats prorated to 200 2/3 innings (Beckett’s total):
pitcher er hr bb k
Beckett 73 17 40 194
Sabathia 72 17 31 174