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Last night, Yoan Moncada took home the honor of Futures Game MVP after going 2-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI.
All of us Red Sox fans are foaming at the mouth to see Moncada play in the big-leagues and winning MVP last night only aided in the bubbles spewing down on to our chins just to see this jacked-up Cuban swing a bat at Fenway.
Here's Moncada's moonshot that ultimately propelled him to Futures Game MVP.
There is only one other Red Sox who ever won the award and I'll give you a hint at who it isn't: it's not Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Henry Owens, or even Eduardo Rodriguez.
It was Che-hsuan Lin. Did you guess it?
No, you didn't because you probably don't even know who that is.You guys think Moncada winning MVP means something? Last Red Sox to do it: Che-hsuan Lin #GOAT— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) July 11, 2016
Back in 2008, Lin played in the Futures Game and hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw. After finishing the game 2-for-2, he won the MVP award for the game. In 2011, Lin was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket and in April of 2012, he was called up to replace the injured Jacoby Ellsbury. In October of 2012, the Sox designated Lin for assignment and he was quickly picked up off of waivers by the Houston Astros.
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Of course I'm kidding. For a guy who was ranked eighth on the Red Sox prospect list in 2008, I'd call that a bust. But again, just my opinion. Maybe "Linsanity" was just never meant to be here in Boston -- or in North America for that matter.
Lin's horrible MLB career shouldn't take away from what Moncada could end up being because I mean come on: look at Moncada!
But if the Lin-example does anything, it should bring you back down to Earth on what the Futures Game MVP really means. There have been plenty of busts who've won this same award, which should prove as an indicator that this doesn't make Moncada's future success anymore guaranteed than it was before.If baseball doesn't work out for Yoan Moncada, I think he might be getting a call from @VinceMcMahon. pic.twitter.com/2L5gt5oto1— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) November 22, 2015
Sorry to kill the vibe like this, guys.
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