After a three month long, hard fought, Twitter battle by the fans, David Wright the third baseman of the New York Mets was named Major League Baseball Network’s (MLBN) Face of MLB for 2014. The competition began with 30 different “faces,” one for each franchise, pitted against each other in a bracket-style competition. On Thursday it was whittled down to just two, Wright and Oakland Athletics’ second baseman Eric Sogard.
The vote was close and the battle intense. Wright received 51% of the fan votes to Sogard’s 49%. Neither player was expected to be in this position back in December. Not with the faces of guys like the New York Yankees Derek Jeter, the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz and last year’s winner, from the Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto in the mix.
The Oakland fans, however, took it upon themselves to launch a campaign much bigger than anyone could have thought possible. The Nerd Power campaign stems from the fact that Sogard is one of very few, if any, ball players that still wear their glasses on the field. Unfortunately for the Sogard, the A’s and their fans their ridiculously hilarious, creative tweets just weren’t enough to over take the Mets’ fans and their Captain America campaign for Wright.
As the Wright, his teammates and Mets’ fans celebrated some A’s fans expressed their displeasure on Twitter while others tweeted that they were proud of their effort. Nobody expected the four-eyed, infielder from Oakland to even be named to the competition and some speculated it was a joke all along.This competition proved though, through both the efforts of the A’s fans and the efforts of the Mets’ fans, that it isn’t simply sheer numbers that matter in the game but the passion that the players and fans bring to it. players in the final round deserved to be there because of the hard work of their loyal fans.