As with most popularity contests... the nerd came up short in his mission to become the Face of the MLB. But people around the country stood up for the spectacle wearin', platoon playin' hipster. And it's safe to say he's an Oakland Athletics fan favorite. And I'm one of those fans standing in his corner.
The fact is... I have always considered myself a "nerd" at heart. It was around middle school when I realized I wasn't exactly like some of my friends. While many of them were acquiring girlfriends, I was picking up Jose Canseco rookies. And when everyone was attending dances and pool parties, I was going to my local card shop.
Luckily, I grew up with a bunch of kids who ended up being popular, so I had a nice "get out of jail for free" card in my back pocket. I wasn't beaten up, picked on, or teased and never had problems with finding friends. But I wasn't exactly Joe Cool either. I guess you could call me a "closet nerd". On the outside, I was the quiet guy who had cool friends, but inside I was the guy who regularly watched Star Wars, collected baseball cards, and read comic books.
That's why I was happy to see Eric Sogard reach the finals in the silly Face of the MLB Twitter competition. Last night before I went to bed, I checked and he was beating David Wright by four percent (52% to 48%). A few hours later, Sogard had widened the lead to 10% with only two hours to go. But when the dust settled... Wright won 51% to the nerd's 49%.
Oh well. It would have been weird and pretty crazy to have a guy who has a career .241 batting average be the Face of the MLB (whatever that actually means).
Congratulations David Wright and all of the fans who voted for you... but watch your backs for the Revenge of the Nerds:
Happy Friday and sayonara!