Yup, it's time for the 2007 Abes vs Babes Baseball Challenge Week 1 update. But first, let's hand out the Week 1 AVB Player of the Week award. If this were any other week, the Cubs' Ted Lilly (7IP, 1ER, 7K, Win) or ex-Dodger Shawn Green (0.375, 1HR, 4RBI for the Mets) would probably win. But to honor the competition's inaugural week, we're giving the award to The Babes' (and the Astros') relatively unknown outfielder Luke Scott. While his overall stats for the week were modest (0.250, 1HR, 3RBI), he wins the award for firing the first salvo of AVB. Luke, who was born in Florida, grew up in France, and speaks fluent Spanish, was playing in only his 100th major league game when he launched an opening-day homer off the Pirates' Zach Duke.
Nice work, Luke. But as everybody knows, the real credit goes to the comely April Scott. April, who is hot, was once model no. 14 on "Deal or No Deal", and without her beauty, inspiration, and last name, nobody outside Houston would care much what Luke did on the field.
In the overall AVB competition, The Maxim Girls are kicking some White House butt. While most baseball experts will tell you The Abes are the better offensive team while The Babes are stronger in pitching, so far the ladies are taking care of business on both sides of the ball.
Here's the scoreboard after Week 1:
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Top contributors for The Babes are the aforementioned Ted Lilly and Shawn Green, who qualify for the team thanks to Evangeline Lilly (Golden-globe nominated Lost actress, Maxim Girl #67) and Eva Green (Bond Girl, Kingdom of Heaven star, Maxim Girl #20), respectively. The Abes' top player so far is Reed Johnson (Blue Jays .292, 1HR, 4R, 6RBI, 2SB), who makes the team thanks to Andrew Johnson (17th US President, early leader of Reconstruction, impeached in 1868).