David Ortiz is the big winner at 2016 Globies Awards
By Matt Pepin
Globe staff | November 15, 2016
David Ortiz was the big winner at the second annual The Globies sports award program hosted by The Boston Globe on Monday night.
Ortiz was honored in four individual categories — Boston Pride, Red Sox MVP, Best Moment, and Athlete of the Year — and was also part of two sports marketing awards.
“I want to thank you [fans]. Every time I take the field I want to give everything I have because of you,” Ortiz said.
Then Ortiz adapted a line from his famous Fenway Park speech after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
“This is the best [expletive] sports city in the world.”
At a packed House of Blues, Ortiz and other Boston sports figures were honored for accomplishments over the past 15 months. Two other awards — Lifetime Achievement (Bob Cousy) and Community Hero (Team Impact) — recognized long-term contributions to the sports community.
Ortiz’s “Best Moment” was his 500th home run in September of 2015. The time period for consideration for the 2016 Globies was July of 2015 to July of 2016.
NESN’s Red Sox play-by-play announcer Dave O’Brien was honored as the “Voice of Boston.”
Two women whose acts of sportsmanship made international headlines received Good Sport Awards: Boston Marathon champion Atsede Bayse giving her trophy to Roberta Gibb in recognition of Gibb becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966; and Abbey D’Agostino, the runner from Topsfield who stopped during the women’s 5,000 meters at the Olympics to assist and encourage a fallen competitor.
NESN will broadcast The Globies on Friday at 8 p.m.
2016 Globies winners
■ Boston Pride Award: David Ortiz
■ Lifetime Achievement: Bob Cousy
■ Community Hero: Team Impact
■ Good Sport: Atsede Baysa, Boston Marathon champion
■ Good Sport: Abbey D’Agostino, Olympian
■ Voice of Boston: Dave O’Brien, NESN Red Sox play-by-play
■ Athlete of the Year (Presented by Mercedes-Benz): David Ortiz, Red Sox
■ Best Female Athlete: Kendall Coyne, Northeastern hockey
■ Top Newcomer (Presented by MGM Springfield): David Price, Red Sox
■ Unsung Hero (Presented by Zudy): Steven Wright, Red Sox
■ Top College Athlete: Jimmy Vesey, Harvard hockey
■ Best Moment: David Ortiz’s 500th home run
■ Most Stylish: Tom Brady, Patriots
■ Revolution MVP (Presented by Budweiser): Lee Nguyen
■ Bruins MVP (Presented by Budweiser): Patrice Bergeron
■ Celtics MVP (Presented by Budweiser): Isaiah Thomas
■ Red Sox MVP (Presented by Budweiser): David Ortiz
■ Patriots MVP (Presented by Budweiser): Tom Brady
■ Social Media Star: Julian Edelman, Patriots
■ Best Athlete Endorsement: JetBlue with David Ortiz (David Ortiz vs. Pinatas)
■ Best Cause Marketing Campaign: John Hancock Boston Marathon (#RunBoston)
■ Best Experiential Campaign: Putnam Investments (Patriots FanCam)
■ Best Sports Marketing Campaign: Dunkin’ Brands (Dunkin’ Paradise featuring David Ortiz and Rob Gronkowski)