It’s hard to say if the Baseball Writers Association will ever give Alex Rodriguez the MVP award he’s due, but Internet Baseball Awards electors voted Rodriguez his second Internet AL Player of the Year award in 2002 by a decisive margin; he won almost 70% of the first-place votes.
Winning a close race with Barry Zito and Derek Lowe, Pedro Martinez followed in the footsteps of Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens by winning his fourth Internet Cy Young Award.
The price of our national pastime, it turns out, is $40-$50 million, which is how much MasterCard is spending on their ‘MasterCard Presents Major League Baseball Memorable Moments’ campaign. I can’t believe it’s that low, considering they’ve shown those commercials so frequently that I get nauseous looking at that shot of Jackie Robinson. Keep in mind, Robinson is one of my favorite baseball players, one whose autobiography I wore down reading repeatedly.