Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by itlynstalyn:
Originally posted by 9erReign:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Baseball related things I took away from the ESPY's...
1. The Giants got screwed. The Heat winning best team? They were the preseason favorites, and just had to beat a geriatric Spurs. The Giants came back from the brink of elimination TWICE, and then swept a team nobody gave them a chance against.
2. Yasiel Puig is becoming ridiculously overrated. A hot first month in the Majors, and he was up for "Best Breakout Athlete"? Then they have him up there presenting even though he barely speaks English.
3. Buster Posey got screwed. Best Comeback went to AP, who's rebound was just as dramatic and difficult...Except the Vikings didnt do crap in the playoffs, and Posey led his team to a title.
I know the ESPY's are stupid, but it bugs me when the deserving players dont get recognized. Somehow I feel like if the Giants were still in New York, theyd have won both those awards.
LOL no. Peterson tore his ACL and MCL in late December, came back to start Game 1 of the next season only 8 months later and came 9 yards shy of breaking the single season rushing record. That is the most incredible come back story possibly ever, all while playing the most physically demanding sport. Buster is a great story but he plays baseball, except for pitchers comebacks from injury are not as amazing as football players coming back from knee injuries.
Pretty sure it could be argued either way. Yes, what AP accomplished was awesome but what John is getting at is Buster was one year removed from destroying his ankle and damaging ligaments. He plays arguably one of the more physically demanding spots on the diamond as he's in a crouch for 135+ games a year. For him to come back and lead his team to its second world series in three years after a season-ending injury is pretty f**king remarkable.
It was 99's comment not mine. I agree with you. It could have gone either way as both guys made incredible comebacks from horrible injuries and had remarkable seasons. I wouldnt say Buster got screwed though.
Maybe "screwed" was too much. But I still think he deserved it a bit more. You cant just chalk it up to "AP plays football, and Posey plays baseball". Posey basically had his ankle broken and torn apart. bone damage AND ligament damage. His position is basically the equivalent of the QB. He leads the team on both offense and defense every day.
To spend all those innings crouching down, calling games, managing the staff, taking the abuse from balls in the dirt and foul tips, etc. Even if you just look at defense alone it was amazing. But then at the same time he was the cleanup hitter, won the NL batting title as a catcher (which hadnt been done in 70 years), won the NL MVP/Hank Aaron Award/SS, and lead the Giants to a World Series title.
What AP did was also impressive, and shows the great development of medical science on knee surgeries, but in my mind what Posey did was a miracle. More people wouldve bet on AP rushing for 2000 yards after his offseason knee surgery than Posey (as a catcher) becoming the MVP and leading his team to a title after he took a hit that easily couldve been career ending.
If Posey played for another team, id have the same opinion. For him to basically take that step from rookie of the year phenom to MVP with only a major injury in the middle is unheard of. AP was already probably the best RB in the game before he got hurt. Most Giants fans, even WITHOUT the injury, wouldnt have thought Posey would be an MVP at age 25.
I just think playing on the west coast in a sport thats just not as popular as the NFL is what cost him the award. Like I said, ESPY's dont matter, but aside from a little video montage, Posey's name was barely mentioned. I just think he deserves to be recognized more nationally for what he really accomplished, which was a remarkable feat.