YSTL: Sogard reacts to his 'Cinderella Story' in #FaceofMLB contest
Mets third baseman David Wright edged Eric Sogard 51 percent to 49 percent in fan voting. (AP)
One of baseball’s more entertaining early-season storylines finally came to a halt Friday morning.
A’s second baseman Eric Sogard fell short in the finals of MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” contest, as New York Mets third baseman David Wright edged him 51 percent to 49 percent in fan voting.
It was an unlikely run for Sogard in an online popularity contest that seemed designed to showcase the major leagues’ brightest stars. Some of the game’s biggest names were included in a 30-man tournament field where fans voted one player over another to advance to the next round.
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Instead it was Sogard, a platoon player best known for the studious looking eyeglasses he wears on the diamond, who advanced all the way to the finals thanks to a wave of Twitter support from A’s fans.
“It was one heck of a ride. Thanks for showing @EricSogard and I the support that you did,” tweeted Sogard’s wife, Kaycee.
Sogard defeated the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo in the first round and then upset Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, the Giants’ Buster Posey and Toronto’s Jose Bautista to reach the championship round. He narrowly lost to Wright, a seven-time All-Star.
In line image of David Wright provided by The Associated Press