In the ever spirited debate of who should be the MVP, it can often occur that the writers who have a vote do not always have all the facts. This is especially true now as the 2009 season is winding down, and several candidates have been in discussion. Perhaps, the two most compelling of the bunch are Derek Jeter and Joe Mauer. Now, if the RJG had a vote, then Jeter would have won 14 MVP's by now, and is why the Baseball Writers Association took away our vote back in 2002. That and they found out the RJG was not an accredited newspaper, but that's a story for another day. The fact remains that Derek Jeter has had an amazing season, batting .329 to date, and scoring 104 runs out of the lead off spot. Joe Mauer has had a decent season. He's batted a mere .374 as of this writing, with a paltry 28 homeruns, and plays the undemanding position of catcher. Of course, other factors should be incorporated when considering the MVP, and one of these factors is that of leadership, or as the Yankees call it, Jetership. Though Jeter is known as a great leader on the Yankees, Peter Abraham of the Journal News downplayed this incredible contribution: "spare me the 'he’s great leader' stuff." Peter wrote. "Do you think Joe Mauer walks around kicking old ladies and discouraging his teammates from playing well? I’ll check to make sure, but I’m guessing he does not."
Well allow us at the RJG to do the checking for you Peter, and here's the shocking truth: Joe Mauer kicks old ladies, and discourages his teammates from playing well.
"I was standing at a cross walk." Began Bertha, a 79 year old grandmother living in Minneapolis. "When this tall young man came over and asked if I needed help crossing the street. He seemed so kind and sincere, and I agreed to let him."
But things turned for the worse shortly thereafter.
"He walked me about halfway across the street, then he turned, and kicked me onto the ground. I didn't know what to do."
How did she know it was Joe Mauer?
"Well he bursted out laughing and ran off yelling 'I'm Joe Mauer (expletive deleted)! I'm the MVP!'"
Unfortunately, this was not the first incident reported in Minneapolis about Joe Mauer.
"I remember Joe Mauer well." Explained Sandra, age 67. "I was coming out of the supermarket with some groceries, and this man came over asking if he could help me carry my bags to my car. 'Sure' I said, and I was relieved to find such a nice man. But once I gave him my groceries, he kicked me onto the curb, and ran away yelling 'Free food for the MVP! Joe Mauer (expletive deleted)!'"
Surprised and appalled by what we heard, the RJG decided to ask some of his teammates about these allegations. What came from this, was just as shocking.
"I don't know if he kicks old ladies." Said Twins first baseman and former MVP Justin Morneau. "But I wouldn't put it past him. He's really mean."
Asked to elaborate, Morneau continued.
"Well, he often times walks into the clubhouse and says things like 'Guys, you all suck. You all wish you could be Joe Mauer.' Just like that in the third person and everything. He once told Nick Blackburn that his fastball sucked so much he should just call it a changeup, and that after the season he should work on his fastball in retirement. Blackburn was in tears. Then this other time, he told Joe Nathan that he was pretty good, for an old lady, and then told him that he wanted to kick him really badly. Its just stuff like that."
Outfielder Delmon Young agreed citing experiences he's had with Mauer during his rookie season with the team. "Mauer came up to me my rookie year and said 'I'm not going to call you Delmon Young, I'm going to call you Delmon Suck, because you suck. You should just go back to Tampa and spread your suck over there.' Since then he's made several different nicknames for me such as Sir Sucks A-Lot and Sucksmith the Suckster. He's incredibly unfriendly, and discourages me from playing well."
But there is a silver lining in this story. How did Bertha get out of her predicament, laying helpless in the road?
"After I was kicked by Joe Mauer in the middle of the road. This incredible young man ran into the on coming traffic. A truck was heading right for me, but instead collided into this young man, yet he withstood no damage. He then picked me up and in one single bound had me at my apartment steps, and in just one more single bound was on a date with some famous actress. I saw him playing shortstop for the New York Yankees that night. His name is Derek Jeter, and I owe my life to this incredible human being."
So where's your MVP vote going now ladies and gentlemen? Where's your MVP vote going now?