In the end, it came down to #NerdPower and #CaptainAmerica.
The final round of MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” voting contest concluded today, and by an undisclosed margin, New York Mets’ third baseman and captain, David Wright, beat out Athletics utility infielder Eric Sogard. The voting, determined by tweets and retweets using respective hashtags, went down to the wire early Friday morning, with Sogard actually having more of the votes as the clock struck midnight. Mets fans came together in the early morning hours to put “Captain America” on top.
Sogard was the constant underdog, with many Twitter users getting into heated discussions with each other about the ridiculousness of a backup middle infielder reaching the finals and going up against the man who was the face of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. It was that ‘ridiculousness’ that gained Sogard almost a cult following, enabling him to reach the final round.
Upon entering the Mets’ clubhouse, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com Wright was greeted with a standing ovation, and at the behest of closer Bobby Parnell, delivered a short speech.