There are only 364 shopping days left until Christmas. But we’ve decided to beat the rush and hand out some special awards today with the third annual Obnoxious Boston Fan “Obbie” awards, covering some of the best and worst in Boston sports for 2013. And 2013 represented both the best and worst in Boston sports. The Red Sox turned Torii Hunter and the rest of the baseball world on its head by going from worst to first and winning the World Series Cup.
The city’s largest, oldest and most-prestigious sporting event was targeted by two explosions that left three dead and scores injured. The accused bombers then allegedly killed MIT police officer Sean Collier, triggering a region-wide manhunt and city shutdown.
Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard and Lu Lingzi lost their lives in part because they were just being “fans.” They, and the injured survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, just wanted to be there. To see friends or family members run, or just to be part of the crowd and watch a sporting event that has taken place 117 times and included thousands of participants and millions of fans. Collier, who died three days after the race while doing his duty as a law enforcement officer, was an uncommon man, who was like so many others when it came to his passion for Boston’s sports teams, particularly the Red Sox and Patriots. He was also an avid auto racing fan and lover of the outdoors. He grew up in New Hampshire, enjoying both as a boy and young man.
The collective memory of Krystle, Martin, Lingzi and Sean, and the struggles and triumphs of the survivors of the bombings, rightfully dominate any talk of Boston sports awards in 2013.
We give them their proper place, first, here.
Now, it’s on to the rest: