Pedro Martinez headlines The Globies’ Editors’ Choice Awards
By Matt Pepin
Globe staff | November 21, 2017
Pedro Martinez, admired for his accomplishments with the Red Sox, his role as a baseball ambassador between the Dominican Republic and Boston, and his continuing charity work, will be the recipient of the Boston Pride Award at the 2017 edition of The Globies.
The Boston Pride Award goes to someone who exemplifies the spirit of Boston sports, and is one of several Editors’ Choice Awards presented at The Globies, which will be held Dec. 5 at House of Blues Boston. Previous winners were late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
Martinez, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1998 to 2004, hosts a charity gala each year in Boston, and also works with The BASE, an after-school baseball program in Roxbury, and with Lindos Suenos, a Red Sox program that brings American teenagers to the Dominican Republic to perform community service and play baseball alongside Dominican teammates.
“One of Pedro’s dreams has always been for Bostonian and Dominican teenagers to interact, and we believe one of the ways we can continue to do that is through the work of the charity,” Carolina Martinez, Pedro’s wife, told Boston.com in October. “Some of his essence, and part of the DNA of the charity, is to give back, empower the generation, and also have a globalized perspective.”
The other Editors’ Choice Awards will be presented to:
Trendsetter: Kathrine Switzer. In April, she celebrated the 50th anniversary of her groundbreaking run in 1967 as the first woman officially entered in the Boston Marathon. She continues to be a champion of equal opportunities for women in sports through her 261 Fearless organization.
Good Sports: Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vazquez. The Red Sox’ shortstop and catcher spent a day in July at the home of Ari Schultz, a 5-year-old fan beset by heart problems all his life, and brought him gifts, played baseball, and read stories with him. Ari died July 21, but the two Red Sox players brightened his final days with their visit.
Courage: Ryan O’Callaghan. In June, the former Patriots offensive lineman came out as gay, and also said in the Outsports article that revealed his news that he’d contemplated suicide. He said he hoped his decision to come out after years of using football to help conceal his sexuality would help others, and he was met with widespread support.
Lifetime achievement: Gino Cappelletti. The former Patriots receiver and kicker (1960-70) was the team’s career leading scorer until 2005, and was known to fans beyond his playing days as one of the voices of the team on game broadcasts alongside Gil Santos. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1992.
Community Hero: Dream Big. The organization founded by Linda Driscoll in 2010 helps girls sports organizations in a variety of ways, including providing equipment, covering participation fees, and providing scholarships.
The Editors’ Choice Awards are chosen by the Globe sports department’s management team.