All of this week it seems we have spent considerable time lobbying for one of our own beloved Mets, David Wright, to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Actually, David has been making his OWN case for most of the season, everyone else finally seems to be catching on now. In my personal (and admittedly biased) opinion, he should very well be the league MVP. Especially if the Mets can beat Jimmy “Big Mouth” Rollins and the Phillies back in this week’s series.
It may come as a surprise to some that not only are the Mets one of the only teams in MLB never to have had a no- hitter in their history. Also in those storied 45 years, the Mets have also never had a league MVP. I’m not too familiar with numbers and things prior to my becoming a Mets fan, and shunning my families Yankee tradition, but one MVP award vote sticks out in my mind: 1988
As we all very well know, 1988 was supposed to be the year the Mets put it together again and steamrolled their way to their 2nd World Championship in 3 years. It almost happened too, if not for those cursed Dodgers and Orel Hershiser having a career year. The Mets had a 10-1 record against those Dodgers and should have been the ones to dump Oakland.
Anyway, the heartbreak continued (at least for me) when it came time to dole out awards. I just knew in my heart of hearts that my favorite player, Darryl Strawberry, would be bringing home the MVP hardware. Sadly, it was not to be. The Dodgers came back to bite us again and the award was given to Kirk Gibson instead. I guess I may be bitter but look at the stats and you tell me…
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Kirk Gibson 1988 LAD NL 150 542 106 157 28 1 25 76 31
D. Strawberry 1988 NYM NL 153 543 101 146 27 3 39 101 29
Comparable, but I don’t think the Mets would have won 100 games without Darryl. I guess this it what makes me a little concerned for D- Wright. For the award to go to anyone else this year in the Senior Circuit, I think it would be sad, given how much David Wright has meant to this team. So will this terrible injustice be made “Wright”? Only time, and possibly this series will tell…
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