Dear Ms. Kate Upton:
Upon seeing the results of the American League Cy Young voting and your dissenting opinion on Twitter, in which you employed a powerful use of the F word, I felt compelled to write to you in order to save what I’m sure would be a wonderful friendship if only we knew each other.
You’ll be pleased to know that I ensured the sanctity of your relationship with fiance Justin Verlander by voting him first on my ballot.
In other words, I didn’t, um — how can I say this on a family website — mess with the Detroit Tigers’ ace, who narrowly finished second in voting (137-132) to former teammate Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox.
The record will show that I had your man first and Porcello third, with Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians) second, Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox) fourth and Zach Britton (Baltimore Orioles) fifth.
The vote was tough. I toiled with Kluber, Porcello and Britton, who went to Weatherford High School, for the top spot. Ultimately, I found your beau’s numbers — traditional and newfangled — to be just a tick better than the rest.
It doesn’t surprise me that he didn’t win the award, nor that it was so close. And it’s not like Verlander didn’t make history: He became the first pitcher in AL history to earn the most first place votes in Cy Young balloting without winning the award.
So, he’s got that going for him, which is nice.
He also lost to a friend, so if anyone this year was going to beat him, I’m sure he’s not too upset that it was Porcello.
As for your strong feelings toward the 30 writers who voted, don’t paint with such a broad brush. (FYI, Ian Kinsler would vouch for me. Probably.) As the final tally shows, voting this year wasn’t easy. Unlike the presidential election, there were many fine candidates worthy of a vote.
It’s my plan to be in Detroit on May 19-21 for the Texas Rangers’ series at Comerica Park and at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Aug. 14-16 when the Tigers pay a visit to the Rangers.
Feel free to stop by the press box and chat, and witness the excruciating labor that goes into covering an MLB game
Plenty of F-bombs to go around.
Your future friend,
Fort Worth Star-Telegram