Not a bad ring to it, I’d say.
The Melk Man deserved every bit of credit for this fine honor at the Mid-Summer Classic.
Taking another angle, there is more than a reasonable argument that every Giant representative in the 2012 ASG—Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, Matt Cain—deserved the Most Valuable Player nod.
Let’s examine the reasons why.
Considered an absolute scofflaw in the eyes of New York Mets fans, the Kung Fu Panda erased all incredulity of why he was chosen to represent the NL at third base.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the first, Pablo absolutely raked a breaking ball from AL starter Justin Verlander for a bases-clearing triple. He later scored on an infield single by second baseman Dan Uggla.
Despite a slight defensive miscue in the bottom of the first that led to a Derek Jeter infield single (no harm done,) Sandoval was absolutely stellar in his first starting appearance in the All-Star Game.
David Wright can thank him for his production and tell the Mets Faithful to back off.
Catching an R.A. Dickey knuckleball wasn’t quite what Buster Posey had in mind.
He’d rather score a run in the first and facilitate two shut-down innings from his battery-mate Matt Cain.
Posey produced the most underrated performance and was also the most deserving of this All-Star nomination.
After serving as a catalyst for a 2010 World Series Championship during his rookie year, Buster overcame a devastating (and potentially career-threatening injury) to assume the role of starting catcher in the ASG.
He first helped advance the first-inning with a walk that set up what eventually served as the ultimate defeat of the American League (i.e. five-run scoring rally.)
He then caught his teammate’s first inning and helped him battle through an arduous initial outing. The second frame was an even better showing by the Giants catcher, as evidenced by the NL starter’s 1-2-3 inning.
Well, almost as good as the man throwing to him.
(Let’s not forget the two-run homer that Posey just nearly missed as well.)
The man that threw the first perfect game in franchise history just threw two scoreless innings in the game that decides home-field advantage in the World Series.
He accomplished those feats in a fashion that reveals nothing of the pressure us normal folk would have succumbed to in the outside world.
His name is Matt Cain, and he just outdueled Justin Verlander in dominating form.
It also came against one of the most dominant AL rosters in All-Star Game history.
All due respect to the 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP Award winner, but Cain showcased what it means to be a pitcher and not a thrower. While Verlander tossed gas at 100 MPH, Cain threw in the lower 90s—but with accuracy, anticipation and better-placed breaking balls.
Mr. Cain—just the fifth Giant to earn an All-Star MVP and the fourth deserving of the honor in 2012.
One way or another, the G-Men wrecked shop this time around.