For a change, the sports writers finally got an American League MVP vote right. Today, Dustin Pedroia became the first Red Sox since Mo Betta Vaughn won the award in 1995. It was been a season of awards for the pint sized second baseman. Pedroia has already won the silver slugger award, and the American League Gold Glove award as well this off-season.
Pedroia finished with 16 of the 28 first place votes cast. For me there is no more deserving winner of this award than Dustin Pedroia, of course I may be a little biased. It is hard to argue his importance to the Sox this year, and his role in thier incredible run to the post season. Lets not forgot how durable Pedroia was, the leather he flashed night in and night out, the at bats he grinded out, the games ne never phoned in. Night in night out for six months this year, we all saw the best Dustin Pedroia had to offer. Pedoria became a legend this summer, especially in the clutch, and especially when he batted clean-up, going an amazing 12 for 18.
There was some thought that Kevin Youkilis and Pedroia would split the vote, as Manny and Papi have done in the past. That was not the case, and Youkilis who deserved consideration finished 3rd in the MVP voting. It has been a pleasure to watch the maturation of Dustin Pedroia these last few years, and I think Red Sox Nation should expect more to come from the pint sized second baseman that plays with the heart of a lion.