Mo Vaughn won in 1995. Since Big Mo played for my favorite team, I should probably have remembered this, right? It's not that I never knew about Mo's award. Surely I cared at the time. I guess I just chose to stop thinking about it. And when not one situation in the past five or six years triggered the memory, eventually it just disappeared.I sure as heck remembered Mo Vaugh winning it that year, because Albert Belle got screwed because he was a jerk who no one really liked. Belle was the best player on far and away the best team in baseball that year. He hit .317 with 126 RBIs, fifty homers, and fifty-two doubles, becoming the first player in major league history with over 100 extra base hits in a single season. He had a respectable .981 fielding percentage playing every day in left field. Plus he was Ray Lewis scary. There was no way Vaughn should have beat out Belle that year.
I'm also still mad that Rashaan Salaam beat out Ki-Jana Carter for the Heisman in 1994. And I think it's pretty annoying that A Beautiful Mind beat out Fellowship of the Ring and Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan.
The point is that Simmons is mostly correct, but I would add that we tend remember the awards that aggravate us the most. No matter what he says, I bet he'll hang on to the memory of A-Rod beating David Ortiz, if it happens.