We’ve been had.
When we set out on our Internet-wide #FISHTALES campaign last month, it was assumed that we’d have much of the offseason to lobby for Mike Trout to be on the cover of next year’s installment of MLB the Show.
Nope. Not even friggin’ close.
In a move that was no doubt spurred on by the unexpected groundswell of our grassroots campaign, the maleficent mucky-mucks at Sony pulled the rug out from under our feet on Monday by naming Miguel Cabrera their cover athlete for 2014.
The announcement smarts not only because it marks yet another occasion that Miggy has played Mozart to Trout’s Salieri, but also because that rug really tied the room together.
To make matters worse, Cabrera was voted to the cover not by the fans who adore him, but by the his fellow players. I must have missed the day that America became an oligarchy. Thanks, Obama.
There’s still an outside chance that Canadian fans will vote Mike onto the cover of their version of The Show, but I’m pretty sure it’s been decreed that Queen Elizabeth will veto any non-Toronto player. So, unless the Angels decide to complete another god-awful trade with the Blue Jays, this post marks the end of our #FISHTALES campaign.
It’s been real, and it’s been fun, but it hasn’t quite been real fun. There’s always next year.