In December 2008, Sports of Boston launched their first Awards Show, issuing awards to those involved with Boston sports for their exceptional performance in the year 2008. The Academy (a.k.a. the Sports of Boston staff) voted in three categories: Player of the Year, Game of the Year, and Story of the Year.
With the end of 2008 upon us, the Sports of Boston staff has cast their ballots for the SoB Player of the Year. Defining SoB’s Player of the Year is simple: he/she must have made a tremendous impact on the success of their team and also must have had a tremendous individual season as well. According to the votes (five points for a first place vote, four for a second place vote, and so on…), Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia has been named the first SoB Player of the Year.
In adding to his large amount of hardware, Pedroia truly had a banner year for the Red Sox. After winning the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and a World Series Championship with the Red Sox, Pedroia had an even better year in 2008, stepping up while regular sluggers (David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, J.D. Drew) went down with injury and another (Manny Ramirez) was traded.
Boston teams played well over 300 games (the actual math would take way too long to calculate) during the 2008 calendar year, and the Sports of Boston staff was asked to choose the Game of the Year. Many chose games in which Boston teams were victorious (which happened a lot in 2008), but the clear choice for SoB’s Game of the Year was a game in which the hometown team lost: Super Bowl XLII.
In case you erased it from your memory, the game featured the mighty New England Patriots at 18-0, against the underdog New York Giants. The Giants emerged victorious, 17-14, despite facing the greatest offense of all-time and the only team to ever enter the Super Bowl with a spotless record.
A lot of what we do at Sports of Boston relies on big stories during the year. We create the articles so that major topics can be scrutinized, debated, and/or praised. 2008 was no different as there were many major sports stories that garnered tons of local attention, and national attention as well.
A few SoB writers voted for the dramatic end to Spygate, and some voted for the Manny Ramirez saga and his subsequent trade to the L.A. Dodgers. But, the story that definitely had people talking in 2008, and will probably have them talking in 2009 as well, was the catastrophic occurance that took place Sept. 7, 2008: Tom Brady’s Torn ACL.
There you have it. It was quite a year in Boston sports in 2008, and here’s hoping for a few more championships in 2009.