These ridiculous perceptions are probably why -- despite what the fans think -- Dustin Pedroia will not win the MVP this season. Don't believe me? Just ask Ozzie Guillen, who called the smallish in stature second baseman a "g*dd*mn jockey".
''I never thought I was going to walk a goddamn jockey,'' Guillen said of the 5-7 Pedroia, a player he actually admires. ''Walking a guy who just came from being on top of Big Brown. Right now, he's on a roll. This guy right now is on fire. No matter what you throw up there, he's going to get it. I can't believe you can change professions in one year, go from the Kentucky Derby to the Boston Red Sox ballpark.''Now, in fairness to Ozzie, he then proceeded to discuss the fact that Pedroia was the heart and soul of Boston's team right now.
Pedroia has reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances and became the first Red Sox player with four hits or more in consecutive games since Wade Boggs did it in June 1989.
When he stepped to the plate in the eighth inning, Pedroia was met with cheers of ''MVP, MVP.''
But the fact remains that people view Pedroia as a talented player in the freaking David Eckstein scrap model. And that's gonna make it tough for him to pull MVP votes from sportswriters when especially if the Red Sox don't win their division or *gasp* make the playoffs.
Oh yes, and Ozzie Guillen is funny as hell, thanks for asking.
Update: I should probably point out (see below) that I do not think Dustin Pedroia is the top MVP candidate ... but I do think he is a candidate, one who's physical appearance will hamper his ability to win the award. And there's no way Josh Hamilton wins on the Rangers, regardless of how many RsBI he has.