Today, Josh Donaldson was named the American League Most Valuable Player, making him the first Toronto Blue Jay to win the award since George Bell in 1987. I decided to share a few quick facts about each of these great players, to help give us all a better understanding of two of the most significant players in team history.
There are some similarities, some differences, but overall, you’ve got some dudes that can do baseball things really well and cause some shit at the same time.
1. Was called Jorge Bell until about 1985. 2. Feuded mightily with Jimy “One M” Williams when the manager tried to make him a Designated Hitter against his will. 3. Apparently had a purple butt that he wanted fans to kiss. 4. Was a 5.0 WAR player in 1987, his AL MVP year. 5. Stolen from the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1980 Rule 5 Draft
1. Played the majority of his games at catcher until 2011 2. Became a legend when he said, “this isn’t the try league, this is the get it done league. Eventually, they’re gonna find people who’ll get it done.” 3. Apparently wanted the Anaheim California Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or whatever they’re called, to suck his cock. 4. Was an 8.8 WAR player in 2015, his (first) AL MVP year. 5. Stolen from the Oakland Athletics for a Canadian fellow with a lot of tattoos and some other stuff.
All are clearly deserving inductees, but I’m not here for that. I’m here to knock them down a peg or two.
Sergei Fedorov: I’m not sure celebrating a Stanley Cup win with the Detroit Red Wings is reason enough for that shirt, and those pants, even if it was their first title in 42 years. Hall of Famer yes, Fashion Icon no.
Phil Housley: The Gretzky Jofa is a legendary classic. The one that Housley sports here, even on his way to 97 points, was a disgrace to the game. You can be better, Phil.
Chris Pronger: Someone on the Peterborough Petes’ staff was clearly angry at Chris in 1991-92, which is why they gave him the biggest helmet and visor combo they could find, like ever. Tough to make a 6-6 guy look tiny, but they found a way.
Nicklas Lidstrom: I actually don’t think it’s possible to make fun of Nicklas Lidstrom. I’m not even mad at him for being Swedish, or playing for the Empire of Evil in Detroit his whole career. Let’s just appreciate this Red Wings retro jersey from before the time when retro jerseys were cool.
Congratulations to the inductees.
Now, If only this baseball superstar, Canada’s Bo Jackson, was going into the Hockey Hall of Fame too: