Ultimately, the Awards Watch column is not really about who wins (although I've gone 24-for-24 in correctly predicting the winners of the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year votes in each league at the conclusion of the last four seasons). It's about the chase, about charting the seasons of the game's best players as they unfold, about the tiny margins that separate great from greatest, about debate, and, above all else, about fun. That's why I start ranking MVP candidates when the season is barely a month old and why anyone bothers to disagree with me about those picks even at that early stage. In the context of a Major League Baseball seasons, wins and losses are serious business, but awards are fun. Let the fun begin.