Boston Baseball Writers’ Dinner: Do you believe what you read?

Playing fast and loose with chronology here, but I thought I’d post my photos from the Boston Baseball Writers’ awards dinner last month.  I rarely take indoor photos, but it’s hard to resist the boys all dressed up for a change!

Awards were doled out:

  • Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox Rookie of the Year; Red Sox Pitcher of the Year; Red Sox Fireman of the Year.
  • David Ortiz, Thomas A. Yawkey Award as Most Valuable Player. (Papi could not attend but did draft some remarks very much in his own voice!)
  • Curt Schilling, Comeback Player of the Year.
  • Mike Lowell, Jackie Jensen Hustle Award.
  • Freddy Sanchez, Tony Conigliaro Award.
  • Portland Sea Dogs and Lowell Spinners, Special Achievement Awards for championship seasons.
  • Worcester Telegram and Gazette’s Phil O’Neill, Dave O’Hara Award for excellence in baseball writing.
  • Peter Gammons, Judge Emil Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service to baseball.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox Minor League Award.
  • And the Impossible Dream team of 1967 was honored.
  • The dinner itself is a very nice gathering; as a friend of mine says, it used to be the first harbinger in the dead of winter of the march to the next season!  Of course, these days it’s just a few weeks after buying Sox Pax and wound up being within days of the Hot Stove Cool Music events as well as the Jimmy Fund’s "New Stars for Young Stars," so all in all it was more a celebration of the way that baseball never rests in Boston!

    On to some photos!

    Craig Hansen and David Pauley.  All of the pups in the Rookie Development Program attended; Ellsbury, receiving an award, and the ones who had played at Fenway were seated at the head table while the others were sitting right up front.

    Kason Gabbard.  I’m not sure if they were told to wear silver, but I like it!

    Craig Breslow opts for silver on black.

    David Murphy, who has noticeably put on some muscle in the offseason.

    Kyle Snyder.  (Fashion critique:  gorgeous pattern on that vest, but he ought to wear a vest cut more like Hansen’s, with a deeper V in front.  Kyle, if you’re out there and want to do some shopping, just drop me a line.)

    Peter Gammons and an uncharacteristically somber Dan Roche.

    Hansen and Pauley again. 

    The past (in the person of handsome Gentleman Jim Lonborg) chats with the future (in the person of young Ryan Howard).  I can only imagine how proud Howard’s parents were to see the respect he got from a Boston audience!

    Mike Lowell, described by Schilling as an exceptional teammate and competitor but "the worst fantasy football player I’ve ever met."  (He laughed and nodded sheepishly.)

    Basket of kittens at the other end of the table?  Darned if I know…

    Hmmn–there’ll be a Snyder photo montage one of these days…


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