The announcement of this year’s American League Cy Young Award winner didn’t seem inherently dramatic, even with Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello surprisingly beating out his ex-teammate Justin Verlander (who’s still with the Detroit Tigers). And then Kate Upton, Verlander’s fiancé, decided to tweet her feelings on the matter.
After hearing Porcello beat out Verlander, Upton went on to rage-tweet about her fiancé’s finish in the voting, and even asked for Major League Baseball to fire the BBWAA members who voted (most of whom it does not employ).
Porcello got a chance to respond Wednesday evening. His quotes seem to be an expanded version of #sorrynotsorry.
Here’s exactly what Porcello said, via the Boston Herald.
“No. I honestly don’t care,” Porcello said when asked if he cared about Upton’s reaction. “I’m not the one that made that decision as far as who wins the Cy Young. All I know is I’ve got a lot of people around me right now that I love very much and have been instrumental in my success in getting to this point, and on top of that we’ve got some really good bottles of wine that still need to be drank. There’s not really a concern in my mind.
“You know, it is what it is. The decision was made and those are decisions that we don’t get paid to make. We just get paid to throw the ball and try and win games and try and win a World Series.”
In case you’re confused, the outrage from Upton and others revolves around the idea that Verlander didn’t win the Cy Young, despite having more first-place votes than Porcello.
Even though Verlander received more first-place votes than Porcello, 14 to eight, Verlander lost because votes from positions Nos. 1-5 are all weighted in the outcome.
There were 30 ballots cast by Baseball Writers’ Association of America members, and two writers did not include Verlander, while everyone included Porcello. Porcello had 137 points, and Verlander 132.
With all of this in mind, Porcello’s reaction is perfect. He has nothing to be sorry about. He earned the award. Now, go enjoy that wine, Rick. Just don’t bring it into the Boston clubhouse. History tells us bad things happen when booze makes its way into that space.