Why, our old pal Jay Jaffe, of course. Oh yeah, here’s the rest of Baseball Prospectus’ 2011 Internet Baseball Awards.
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Well, you think you know a guy and then he goes and grows an evil mustache...
Reminds me of a a guy I knew at DCC; very tall and lanky, clean cut choir-boy look and demeanor. Then one day we met his twin; identical in every way by look except for a mustache and goatee that looked like it was borrowed from Ol' Nick himself. Everything was so cool about him, from the dark-colored and sharp clothes down to the dark-colored 1982 Ford Mustang GT he roared into and out of the parking lot with. And boy was choir-boy unhappy to see him; apparently he was the black sheep of the family. The whole scenario was straight out of a comic book or cartoon, it was so amazing.
Anyway, Jay Stache reminds me of that guy... if he had a glint in his eye, I'd say you're in for a helluva ride with him and that 'stache, B... >;)
Oh, the awards. Bautista dusts both Ellsbury and Verlander, no surprise there. Grandy in the Top 5, I can dig it. Cano looks like he's cruising half the time and still does well. I don't think we've seen the best of Robbie yet, honestly. I recall reading that he responded really well to Larry Bowa's teaching; had Larry stuck around may we have seen Cano develop into an Albert Pujols-type perennial MVP candidate (not that he's far off from that anyway) with chronically sick numbers? No other gritty second basemen compare. Ellsbury gets his props though; he was a concrete pillar in a house of cards and had Boston not projectile-vomited their chances of making the playoffs (and not let Pukeilis bully him in the clubhouse), I bet he'd be the fairly undisputed MVP.
funny - a student of mine came in for his lesson today and he's growing a mustache. he's a cool guy and a friend of mine. mid 40's, airplane pilot, is in good shape & has a good looking wife. the makings of his 'stache, were both hideous and hilarious! it was kinda hard looking at him without cracking up. he won't keep it long-term, but i do hope he grows it out a bit more.
i'm not a fan of the mustache alone or the beard w/ no mustache look. the latter is waaaay worse.
ooh, just realizing i have a guitar buddy that kinda looks like jay in that photo. my friend has more of a fu-manchu/soul patch look though...
award wise - i guess i'm surprised i'm in the minority on this one, but i don't think fucklander was a good pick. i think it should be an everyday player. yeah, you can find flaws in all the main candidates, but i'd still take joey bats before verlander. he got his due w/ the cy young. i don't give much of a fuck, but i definitely would NOT have given it to a pitcher...
2. Cano..can he dominate like Pujols? not sure, but some #s at second base would be insane.
Obviously Jay in honoring Movember! Everyone grows a mustache in November to to bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer.
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