The Ring's the Thing
I'm sure if you asked David Ortiz which he'd rather have - the American League MVP award or a World Series ring - he'd throw his arm around you, pat you on the back in that teddy bear way, and say, "Baby, it don't mean a thing if you ain't got that ring."
So blah, blah, blah, A-Rod, blah, blah, blah, defense, blah, blah, blah, don't-wanna-give-it-to-a-DH-fishcakes. At the end of the day, even A-Rod admits it:
"I would certainly trade his [Ortiz's] World Series championship for this MVP trophy."
Well you can't. So neener!
I've got issues with MVP voting *cough* Pedro in '99 *cough* but that's because I tend to believe a Most Valuable Player should mean "Player who is, you know MOST VALUABLE to his team, thereby giving his team the best chance to win." Not, "Best Player." I'm just sayin', without A-Rod, the Yankees maybe lose about 10-15 more games than they did. And they save a boatload on Maybelline's Plum Passion lipstick. But without Ortiz, the Sox are a .500 ball club, easy. I know the argument for defense, but isn't that what Gold Gloves are for?
Maybe it's a semantics argument. And it doesn't matter at this point, anyway. Like I said, Tizzle's still got what A-Rod wants. And that's gotta feel kinda good.
So for now, Red Sox fans will be content with the knowledge that Ortiz is a larger than life folk hero in this town. And Yankees fans have a third baseman who looks like this.