The San Francisco Giants are starting to build a dynasty. However, this year it seemed more like destiny this year that led them to another World Series title. At every point in the playoffs, it looked like it was all over for the Giants, but they always found a way to get a big hit or a strike out in crunch time. The biggest moment for this team? It had to be in Game 4 of the World Series with the Giants up 3 games looking for the win and Sergio Romo struck out triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera. First of all, holding Cabrera in check was an accomplishment enough, but to get him looking? That definitely deserves a World Series title. Unfortunately, their accomplishment was overshadowed by Superstorm Sandy, but they deserve immense credit and that is why their World Series win is the number seven most memorable moment.
It hasn’t happened since 1967 so it is a memorable moment for years to come. Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the triple crown. Cabrera led the league in hitting (.330), home runs (44), and runs batted in (139). Cabrera became the fifteenth player in history to win the title. He joins an elite class which includes Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Frank Robinson.
Cabrera was one of the most exciting players to watch. You never know if he would hit a home run, but this was the guy you wanted at-bat with the game on the line. Cabrera and the Tigers went all the way to the World Series. Unfortunately, they came up short and were swept by the San Francisco Giants. However, this guy is one of the best hitters I have ever gotten to watch and I expect to see his name in the running for future hitting awards.
Major League Baseball already has plenty of talent. In 2012, we saw a new wave of young talent that blew people away. It seemed like the rookies were getting more attention than the veterans who paved the way for them. Two in particular being teenager Bryce Harper and twenty year-old Mike Trout.
Bryce Harper debuted in April for the Washington Nationals. It seems like ever since he stepped onto the baseball diamond, he has been the talk of the National League. He spent most of the time making unbelievable catches, but Harper was also a threat with the bat. He hit 22 home runs and drove in 59 runs. Not too bad for a 19 year old playing in the National League with Matt Cain, RA Dickey, and Roy Halladay in it. Harper helped take his team to the playoffs, but unfortunately they fell short to the Cardinals in one of the craziest series in postseason history. Harper did win the NL Rookie of the Year.
Mike Trout came into a team that had huge expectations. The Los Angeles Angels had acquired both CJ Wilson and Albert Pujols in the offseason. Somehow, Trout managed to garner more attention than Albert Pujols, pretty impressive in your first year. Trout has an incredibly impressive first season batting .326, hitting 30 home runs, and driving in 83 runs. He was even in the running for MVP and was only beaten out by Miguel Cabrera who got the triple crown for hitting. Unfortunately, the Angels did not make it to the postseason, but Trout’s individual performance was recognized by MLB when he was awarded the AL Rookie of the Year.
It was the tightest race of the entire season. The AL MVP award could have went one of two ways: Mike Trout, the dynamic rookie who was a force the second he stepped on the field or the eventual winner Miguel Cabrera, the triple crown winner who is arguably the best hitter in the league. Both deserved the honor, but Cabrera’s historic season put him over the edge. Not to worry Trout fans, if he stays this good, there will be many MVP awards in his future. As for the National League, the honor went to World Series winner Buster Posey who has himself a phenomenal year.
Game 2 of the World Series was dedicated to those coming home from overseas and those still fighting the good fight. There were old players who fought in wars as well as many military officers. The most touching moment, however, happened before the players even took the field. Alongside San Francisco legend Willie Mays, Marine Corporal and triple amputee Nicholas Kimmel was given the honor to throw out the first pitch.
Kimmel was a former baseball star in high school before enlisting in the Marines. On his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Kimmel lost both his legs and his left arm. However, the athleticism is still there as he threw quite an impressive pitch. It was a great moment for Kimmel and for Americans watching all over the country. He is a true hero and inspiration to all.
As if losing last night’s game against the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees have an ever bigger blow. Manager Joe Girardi, looking absolutely deflated, announced during his postseason interview that Derek Jeter will be out for the rest of the postseason with an ankle fracture.
It all happened during the twelfth inning of the first game in the ALCS. Jeter fielded a ground ball and landed all wrong on his left leg and let out this painful scream. Girardi said he immediately knew it was bad when he saw the captain not getting back on his feet. He was immediately taken out of the game, but refused to be carried. Jeter has not missed a postseason game since 1995! There are no words to explain what Derek Jeter represents. He is the heart and soul of that Yankee team. Every real baseball fan has respect for him and the way he plays the game. The rest of this series for the Yankees will be full of emotion.
Everyone has noticed the recent struggles of this lineup. Besides Raul Ibanez and Derek Jeter no one is able to buy a hit. All the blame is being placed on A-Rod, but in reality Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Alex Rodriguez are all struggling. So without Jeter on the field and leading off the lineup, where does this leave the New York Yankees?
It can go one of two ways. It can go really well and the rest of the lineup really steps up in the absence of their captain. However, the Tigers have momentum after winning an emotional game and the Yankees are eventually going to face Justin Verlander which is never fun. The loss of Jeter’s presence is only going to make things worse. There is no calming veteran voice in that dugout or on the field. I can’t see this team just giving up however, their fans will not let that happen.
I think that the Tigers will win the ALDS. The Yankees have not been playing like a deserving team. Jeter will rehab in the offseason. Nick Swisher may or may not be back and who knows there may be in a new third baseman in pinstripes. I have said this before…. the Yankees need a new third baseman and David Wright deserves a big multi-year contract…..
Today starts postseason baseball and the tightest competition has already ended. The AL MVP seems to be harder to determine than the eventual World Series’ winner. Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout and Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera are both exceptional baseball players.
They both deserve to win the award, but if I had to make a decision I would have to go with Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera finished the 2012 season with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBIs. Winning the batting triple crown is such an amazing accomplishment that rarely happens. The last triple crown winner was Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Leading the American League, which is a hitter’s league, in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in is nothing to sneeze at.
However, Trout’s value to the Angels made him the most valuable player to the Angels on a team that has Albert Pujols in the line up. Did I mention Trout is a rookie? He was second to Cabrera in batting average and was the first rookie with 30 homers and 40 stolen bases. And his defense? When he was not hitting home runs, he was brining opponents’ homers back into the park. Trout only committed FOUR errors all year. Clearly, Trout will win AL Rookie of the Year.
Whoever wins the MVP will be controversial because of how talented both players are. The voters, all members of Baseball Writers’ Association of America, will be questioned by their decision for years to come. This will probably not be the last time that Trout’s name is brought into the MVP discussion. If this year is only the start for Trout, then he will be a multi MVP award winner. One advantage that Cabrera does have is that the Tigers’ are in the postseason and after all the spending the Angels did in the offseason have been a huge disappointment. When I started writing this article, I thought I had made up my mind about who I would vote for, but now I am not so sure which one truly deserves the honor.