As we’ve learned over the years, Arizona Senator John McCain isn’t shy about expressing his thoughts and opinions pertaining to his favorite sports teams and their rivals. In fact, it was just in September that McCain called the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats’ after they decided to celebrate their NL West division championship by jumping in the swimming pool at Chase Field.
Strong words, but certainly not surprising coming from the loyal Arizona Diamondbacks backer. Also not surprising, the support he showed for D-Backs first baseman and runner-up in the NL MVP voting Paul Goldschmidt on Friday. Here's what McCain had to say when tweeting a link to an article written by Arizona beat writer Nick Piecoro.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 15, 2013
In the linked article, Piecoro actually explains why he gave his first place vote to the near unanimous winner, Andrew McCutchen, despite witnessing Goldschmidt's remarkable season — he led the National League with 36 homers and 125 RBIs — from the press box. For Piecoro's part, his explanation made a lot of sense, while also lending credence to the belief that Mike Trout was the better MVP choice in the American League.
To me, this was a choice somewhat similar to AL MVP debates from the past two seasons; I didn’t have a vote for those, but if I did I probably would have gone with Mike Trout, whose all-around game was too good to overlook. Ultimately, those sort of all-around contributions are why I gave the edge to McCutchen, an outstanding hitter who also played good defense at a critical position.
McCain obviously disagrees with Piecoro's premise, but maybe it also means he's really happy with the Miguel Cabrera choice in the AL! Or maybe it's all about the loyalty. Whatever the case, he was understandably kinder in expressing his disagreement with the McCutchen choice than he was with the Dodgers dip at Chase.
McCain was also void of snark this time, which wasn't the case in 2011 when he had a little fun with Ryan Braun's positive test for PEDs.
Ryan Braun juiced - can we do the playoffs over again? #dbacks
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 11, 2011
Of course, it was Braun's Brewers who eliminated McCain's D-Backs in the NLDS that season, so that wasn't just a random comment either. Apparently, Senator McCain is just like any other fan that doesn't like it when his team loses or is perceived to be disrespected, and he's not afraid to express his discontent. Of course, his opinion weighs a little more than the rest of ours, but it's just nice to see he's still a fan at heart.
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