BOSTON -- Tuesday's announcement of American League award finalists was a reminder of just how much a team effort the Red Sox' World Series championship was, since they had no one in any of the categories for players (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year).
But it's fitting. Because even when a Sox player does win something, he credits his teammates.
Take Shane Victorino, who, with Dustin Pedroia, was one of the two Red Sox Gold Glove winners for fielding excellent in 2013.
“To be the two guys standing up here and being the ones that received the award, I feel that much better about ‑‑ again not just myself, but my team," Victorino said last week. "Because it's just not myself out there. It's having a good center fielder, a good second baseman, a good defensive first baseman, to be able to play what they say is the most difficult right field in baseball.
“Collectively it wasn't just me. It was the four guys that surrounded me and the rest of the team. The guys that go out there every single night. We worked on this from day one. We take pride in our defense, and it's something that we're going to continue to do and work hard at every single day.”