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BEST Athlete

2001 BEST Athlete, Red Sox

Manny Ramirez

True to his reputation as a run-producing machine, he single-handedly carried the Red Sox offense while Nomar mended his wrist. Ramirez even managed to make everyone forget that little preseason squabble about playing left field. read more»

2001 BEST Athlete, Celtic

Paul Pierce

He played stabbed. Not only that, he made himself into one of the NBA’s elite scorers and showed he could carry a team all by himself. If only he didn’t have to. read more»

2001 BEST Athlete, Bruin

Ray Bourque

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2001 BEST Athlete, Patriot

Adam Vinatieri

After a season like the last one, the kicker wins by default. read more»

1999 BEST Athlete, Pro

Doug Flutie, Buffalo Bills

They say that if you put a lump of coal under enough pressure, you’ll get a diamond. The same goes for the magical Flutie. And between heightened expectations for the Bills and the upcoming made-for-TV movie on him and his… read more»

1999 BEST Athlete, Amateur

Wayne Turner

One of the great, virtually untold stories in local sports, Turner grew up on Mission Hill, got financial aid to attend the Beaver Country Day School in Newton, and was recruited by Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky, where… read more»

1999 BEST Athlete, Red Sox Player

Pedro Martinez

If there’s one swap that makes you think Dan Duquette maybe knows what he’s been doing, it was letting Roger go and signing Pedro. Roger woke up, lost weight, and won two more Cy Young awards. At the All-Star break,… read more»

1999 BEST Athlete, Patriot

Drew Bledsoe

He has a running back who blew out his knee, an owner who likes to vamp it up in front of the fans, a head coach with the personality of a suburban recreation director, and a personnel director who lost… read more»

1999 BEST Athlete, Bruin

Byron Dafoe

He’s not the only reason the Bruins have climbed out of their 1997 hole. But he’s the biggest one and damn near the goaltender in hockey. read more»

1999 BEST Athlete, Rookie

Brian Rose, Red Sox

The city’s four major franchises didn’t exactly harvest a bumper crop of new talent this season, but among the slim pickin’s, rookie starting pitcher Brian Rose stands out, if only because he beat the damn Yankees his first two outings. read more»