PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson didn't dare cast a public vote for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, though two strong candidates -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- are in the visiting dugout at Chase Field.
The D-backs' interim skipper -- the Baseball Writers' Association of America bestowed the honor on him in 1988 -- noted the varying definitions of what "most valuable" actually entails.
"I was surprised when it happened to me," Gibson said. "My MVP party, I hated it because everybody was there for me. It was all 'Kirk, Kirk, Kirk.'
"We had a World Series parade that year, and that was fun. That's just the way I think. I'm being old-fashioned, but that's just how my mind works."
Gibson said his MVP plaque has never been displayed in his home.