Does Josh Hamilton Have a Chance to Be Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year?

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

​Let's see, he's won a batting title, an American League MVP, multiple Ginger Ale showers, our hearts and - almost, sorta - 

a World Series.

Today Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton goes for another coveted honor - Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

Little debate that Hamilton was the best player in baseball in 2010. But how does his story rank? I'd say if the Rangers would've beaten the San Francisco Giants and we would've been treated to the snapshot moment - trophy, confetti, kid, etc. - Josh would be on the prestigious cover.

I don't think Hamilton's going to win.

I know who I think should win.

And I'm pretty sure I know who is actually going to win.

To me, it's Rafael Nadal.

In an era dominated by Roger Federer, considered the greatest tennis player of all time, the left-handed Spaniard managed to win three Grand Slam titles in 2010 - The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. For more than 25 years, no man won consecutive majors on clay and grass. Nadal, without a dominating serve or trademark "kill shot" but with unprecedented defense-to-offense violence, has now turned the trick twice in the last three years. At the U.S. Open he dropped only one set, completing his career Grand Slam.

He smiles. He plays hurt. He never brushes with the law. He never denies an interview request. He somehow remains humble. He's the best player in a sport that above all others - no on-court coach or caddy or pit crew or teammate - requires and defines singular success.

Other candidates are probably Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek, Penguins' star Sidney Crosby, the Lakers' Ron Artest, UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma and some weird candidate like a Chilean miner or something.

It'd be great to see the honor for Hamilton, who would join Lee Trevino (1971) and Lance Armstrong (2002) as winners with Dallas ties.

But to me it's clear who's going to win ... Saints' quarterback Drew Brees.

He's got the stats. The story. The Super Bowl. And - remember the trophy, the confetti and the son wearing the headphones - he's got the snapshot.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.