(Courtesy of “ThatHighlightChannel”):
That’s right – Marco Scutaro is the MVP of the 2012 National League Championship Series! Oh My God!
While the candidates were debating for the presidency on Monday night, Marco Scutaro was leaving no room for debate in the National League Championship Series. The Giants second baseman ran — and hit and fielded — unopposed for Most Valuable Player of the NLCS, crowning what had already appeared to be a foregone conclusion with a record sixth multihit performance in San Francisco’s 9-0 pennant-clinching Game 7 victory over the Cardinals at AT&T Park. As the 36-year-old previously obscure veteran exulted after every hit and flawlessly executed defensive play, his spirit soared far above his mile-high altitude as a member of the Rockies until the July 26 trade that brought him to his personal promised land. Scutaro’s 3-for-4 effort raised his toll to an LCS record-tying 14 hits as he batted .500 (14-for-28) in leading the G-Men’s charge back to the Fall Classic. The 14 hits tied the record for an LCS shared by the Yankees’ Hideki Matsui, St. Louis’ Albert Pujols and Boston’s Kevin Youkilis. Coming on the heels of a quintet of two-hit games, Scutaro’s six multihit games in the series set an LCS record, breaking the previous standard of five shared by five: Harold Baines in 1992, Devon White in 1993, Eddie Perez in 1999, Pujols in 2004 and Youkilis in 2007. Naming rights for the NLCS MVP Award are still available, and you could do worse than making it the Brian Sabean Award. Scutaro is the second straight midseason acquisition by the San Francisco GM to earn it for the Giants. In 2010, the hardware went to Cody Ross, whom the Giants had claimed on waivers from the Marlins in late August. Ross batted .350, with three home runs, in that October’s six-game victory over Philadelphia. By turning into Super Marco following Matt Holliday’s memorable slide into him early in Game 2 — the second baseman went 12-for-23 after that — Scutaro erased a lot of personal postseason frustration. His NLCS brilliance obscured the fact he had batted .150 (3-for-20) in the NL Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds. And in his only prior chance to play for an entry into the World Series, he had gone 1-for-15 (.067) in the 2006 ALCS as his A’s were swept by the Tigers.