|Juan Rivera looks up in the stands as Ryan Roberts game winning grand slam homer is deposited in the left field seats|
Stewart: Well, I’ve not been in an MVP race, but through the years that I played, I mean it’s gone all over the map. As you know, Kirk Gibson, the manager of this ball club, I think it was the ’88 Dodgers, he didn’t necessarily have tremendous numbers. He won the MVP for being a clubhouse leader, being a guy that uh, got the Dodgers going that year. You also have situations like Andre Dawson with the Chicago Cubs. Where that ball club, traditionally the Cubs have not been a good ball club and that year, I think they took last place. He had tremendous numbers and he did a great job that year. his numbers were so outstanding that they had to vote him MVP. I think in Matt’s case, you’ve got to look at the Dodgers without him, where would they be? I mean, they are a ball club right now that’s two or three games above .500. I think without Matt, they’re in a different planet.