Man Crush of the Week

With the NBA playoffs in full swing, I’m surprised my man crush has taken me in different direction. After Lebron and Paul Pierce went back and forth last night in Bird-Dominique fashion (or so I’m told by ESPN every five minutes), I was sure one of them would secure this week’s MCOW Award.

Or maybe it would be Chris Paul who, as a third year player, has taken the New Orleans Hornets to a seventh game at home against the defending world champion Spurs.

Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, most of the time you can’t control your feelings. That’s why this week’s Man Crush goes to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

I’ve thought about it long and hard, and here’s what I think drew me to Ryan Braun:

1. He’s a SoCal Native (Thousand Oaks, about 15 minutes from my house)

2. He hits dingers

3. He hits a lot of dingers

Quite Braun-y

Quite Braun-y

After a mediocre start (by his standards), Braun’s bat has turned smoldering hot this past week, hitting 8 homeruns in his last 8 games, bringing his total to 13 for the year. In the process, last season’s Rookie of the Year earned himself a monster contract extension that will pay him $45 million over the next eight years.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he packs on some pounds in the future ($45 million + 8 years in Milwaukee = lots of sausage and beer) but as of now Braun’s slender frame makes his unbelievable power a mystery. Adding to my Man Crush is the fact that Braun, unlike most power hitters, hits breaking balls just as well as fastballs. That mean’s he’s not going to stop hitting homeruns when pitchers stop throwing him fastballs(see: 1994 Rookie of the Year Bob Hamelin).

Braun also officially announced his presence as a left fielder (after a horrendous stint at third base last year) by appearing on the SportsCenter Top 10 with a sweet diving catch.

Sorry Bron Bron, but Braun takes the MCOW this week. Wait, what?

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