Originally Posted by kaldaniels
I agree. I wasn't sure that related to the present discussion but thought I would flip it in there.
My possible link was...
If a wide majority of fans can't take the time to appreciate Votto for what he is, how can we expect them to turn out on a school night at the park. I think for many the Reds are just background noise duing their daily routines (literally a TV on in the background). That's not a horrible thing, it just is what it is. I know the reality and I certainly am not upset the Reds don't draw 30k on a Sept school night.
I'm not defending the Phillips vs Votto MVP poll.
But think about it.
For the first half of the season, Phllips arguably was the MVP. He got a ton of key hits to drive in big runs. Those are big moments that people remember.
Sure, people walking in front of him set up those RBIs, but people remember the big hit.
The other point is that Votto is getting a huge paycheck. Most people are expecting MVP numbers out of him. Leading the league in OBP is great, but as I said on another thread, Votto isn't exactly the most exciting hitter on
team. He's awesome, but there's not this big sense of anticipation when he comes to the plate, because he often takes until the count is 2-2, then tries to poke a single or get a walk.. He's excellent at it, and very valuable, but it's just not as exciting.
Plus, it's just a phone poll.. I don't think we should take it too seriously. I think most fans love Joey. Phllips is just more exciting (especially when defense is factored in) and more lovable, and more of a personality. Votes are often popularity contests...