(There was also an opportunity for us to create our own categories. We had some ideas, but we didn't think our fellow bloggers--especially the male ones--would appreciate voting on the "Most Stunning Physique" award.)
Without further ado, here are the winners in their respective categories, with additional commentary on who we voted for and why!
Most Valuable Tiger
Winner: Justin Verlander
Our Choice: Justin Verlander
MVP, Cy Young Award Winner, Triple Crown champ--there is no other person who made more of an impact on not only our team, but the whole league. The obvious choice.
Winner: Al Alburquerque
Our Choice: Al Alburquerque
Since Al Al's only competition was Andy "Run-Forest-Run" Dirks, this was another obvious choice. It should be mentioned that Al was quite the surprise this year, and we look forward to
Best Role Player
Winner: Ramon Santiago
Our Choice…Alex Avila (Ramon Santiago)
We make fun of people for acting like idiots, so we should just go ahead and laugh at ourselves right now. We misread the category and voted for Avila, but if we weren't so dumb we would have voted for Ramon. He is very solid defensively at both short and second, and while Some People (Read: Don Kelly) play more positions, that doesn't mean they play all those positions that well.
Winner: Austin Jackson Double-Play
Out Choice: ALDS Game 5 Win
There were so many great, unforgettable moments this season. Jackson's DP. Raburn and Cabrera's home runs to come back from 7 down against the White Sox. Verlander's no-hitter. But in the end, for us at least, there was never a moment where we were more proud of our team than when Valverde struck out A-Rod to beat the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Where everyone and their mother said we would lose. It was truly a team effort, and an exciting game we could watch over and over again.
Winner: Phil Coke
Our Choice: Phil Coke
Obviously there is no one else who could take this title away from insane Phil Coke. This is the man who, when we were at the ALCS, ran over to the tarp-covered field and literally started throwing water in the air (much to the delight of the two of us and the rest of the rain-soaked crowd). We love you Phil. Never change!
Winner: Alex Avila
Our Choice: Alex Avila
We're sure balding men everywhere, when not making fun of his ridiculously fast beard growth, are bemoaning the fact that they can't have as much hair as Avila. It's certainly entertaining for us to literally watch his five-o-clock shadow become noticeably darker by the end of a game!
Tiger's Organization Name of the Year
Winner: Doug Fister
Our Choice: Doug Fister
Ha. Hahahahaha. Poor Dougie. Let him take solace in knowing that he freaking rocks at throwing a baseball and makes millions. That should dull the pain.
Winner: 3-way tie
Our Choice: Don Kelly igniting in flames
Justin Verlander should get a medal for that. Supposedly the real victim was supposed to be poor sweet Bumble Below, but since DK is loveably oblivious, he got hot-footed instead.
Best Victor Martinez
Our Choice: BOTH
Aw, come on, we know the answer is Victor Martinez Sr…but who can resist that face?!?! Too cute.
That was fun, kids. Now we go back to "studying for finals"