Wednesday night was another good reminder of what Max Muncy means to this Dodgers team. It was also another good reminder that he is undoubtedly a legitimate candidate to take home the National League Most Valuable Player.
Muncy blasted 2 homeruns in the Dodgers win over the Pirates last night. He drove in 5 of the 9 runs and appeared locked in the entire night. But that’s also something that he’s demonstrated for the better part of the 2021 season.
After his second homerun of the night, the MVP chants started to rain down from the Dodgers faithful. Those chants continued for the rest of the night every time Max stepped into the batter’s box. When asked after the game about what those MVP chants mean to him, Muncy had a big smile.
That’s probably one of the cooler moments that I’ve ever had in my career. It was kind of wild, I had to hold back a smile while I was in the batter’s box. But the most important thing to me is winning, getting the team back to the playoffs, and helping us win another World Series. If any awards come from it, that’s awesome. But that’s really all I care about, that’s all I’ve ever cared about since being here with the Dodgers.
Dodgers fans are obviously familiar with Muncy’s story and how close he came to being out of baseball entirely. And look at him now, getting MVP chants at Dodger Stadium and being completely deserving of them.
It’s going to be a tight race for the National League MVP, especially with Fernando Tatis Jr tearing up the league when healthy. But for the moment, Muncy is in the top 3 according to the Vegas odds. It could happen.