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Why A-Rod turned out so 'valuable'

After all these years, you'd think we'd have some idea what "valuable" means. But apparently not.

Updated: November 18, 2003, 3:55 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

You'd think, after watching 12 dozen MVP awards get handed out, we'd have some idea by now what that magic word "valuable" means. But apparently not.

On Monday, a man from a last-place team (Alex Rodriguez) won an MVP award -- a clear sign that no living human really knows what "valuable" means in this goofy world we live in. Not Noah Webster. Not William Safire. Not Peter Gammons.

We sure don't know what it means over in this corner of the ESPN.com universe. Because we can think of ...

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