JV: I have a humongous couch with a 12-foot TV projector and a Ping-Pong table. Haven't done the rest of the stuff yet. I guess I'm going to find some space for some hardware.
If you had an MVP vote, who would you have chosen?
JV: Myself. If people say they're not going to vote for themselves, I disagree with that. I think they're crazy; I think they would and just not tell anybody. I supported not only myself but the cause for a pitcher winning MVP all year. Why would I support that, then not vote for exactly what I'm supporting?
Make your case for a pitcher as MVP.
JV: If we have a bad game, we're going to lose 95% of the time. If we have a good game, we're going to win 85% of the time. Position players can have great games or horrible games and not affect nearly as much. The other thing I look at is the way Cy Young voting is going more toward statistical analysis. For instance, last year Felix [Hernandez] won, and [he was] not on a winning team. Clearly he was the best pitcher, but it gets away from the valuable part of the award. Valuable means something good happened—[you are] part of a winning team.
You had a half-million dollar bonus [in your contract] for the Cy Young. No bonus for the MVP?
JV: I think I'll be happy with the Cy Young bonus. I didn't think to write the MVP one in there.
Are you going to treat yourself to something?
JV: I might get a car. The Mercedes SLS ... [with the] doors that go up.
Tough to park that. Have you ever been embarrassed by something you've driven into the team parking lot?