ST. PETERSBURG — Heading to his Ann Arbor, Mich., home after taping a TV spot at Detroit's Comerica Park on Thursday, Foxsports.com's Jon Morosi said he still felt good about voting David Price ahead of the Tigers' Justin Verlander for the American League Cy Young Award.
Though it might cost him holiday dinner with his Michigan-rooted family.
"I think I may have been uninvited from Thanksgiving with my family," he said. "So my Thanksgiving dinner might be a hamburger and a Blue Moon beer sitting at Ferg's (the sports bar near the Trop)."
Price's four-point victory Wednesday in the closest AL election in more than 40 years can be tied to three points:
• Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram favored Verlander over Price but gave his first-place vote, and the seven points that go with it, to Rays closer Fernando Rodney, saying: "I'm surprised he didn't get more support." The difference between the second-place vote for Verlander and the third for Price was one point.
• Both Los Angeles voters had Price first and Verlander third with the Angels' Jered Weaver second, a net gain of eight points for Price. Michael Martinez of Foxsportswest.com said Weaver having the lowest opponents batting average and WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) convinced him. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register said it was that plus Weaver's 12-1 record, 2.29 ERA against playoff teams.
• Morosi's somewhat "swing" vote. He said he ultimately favored Price based on his performance's "context" — specifically leading the AL in ERA and pitching in the East — compared to Verlander's raw stats. And though his 92-year-old grandfather, Geno, agreed, Morosi said he'd hear it from others: "I've been called some interesting names, and that's just the people in my own family."
Price, who gets a $15,000 bonus from the Rays for winning, celebrated with friends, including teammates Matt Moore and Alex Cobb, and Thursday afternoon was still sorting through hundreds of text and Twitter messages.
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