Young fan's generosity earns Red Sox GIBBY nod

Moment when boy gifted baseball to girl in stands recognized as Cut4 Topic of the Year

Young fan's generosity earns Red Sox GIBBY nod

BOSTON -- One of the most poignant moments at Fenway Park in 2014 happened in the stands, when a boy did something so kind that it wound up being worthy of an MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award.

In a game played at Fenway on September 5, Christian Vazquez hit a bouncing foul ball towards the third-base stands. A ball girl picked it up and handed it to a 12-year-old boy named Ryan. Typically, that would be the end of the story. But not in this case. Ryan took the ball and handed it to a girl sitting one row behind him.

For that, Ryan and the Red Sox have been recognized with the Cut4 Topic of the Year Award.

Red Sox broadcasters Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy thought so much of the gesture that they had sideline reporter Gary Striewski interview the boy on camera and present him with a baseball.

Later on in the game, the Red Sox gave Ryan a gift bag that had all kinds of goodies in it. Again, Ryan showed his generosity, instinctively taking select items out of the bag and gifting them to the girl sitting behind him.

Winners of MLB.com's 13th annual GIBBYs were announced during a live awards show on MLB Network and MLB.com on Saturday.

Major League Baseball's A-listers won 2014 GIBBY trophies based on votes by broadcasters, reporters, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.

This year's GIBBY Awards feature winners in 25 categories. Individual honors went to the Most Valuable Major Leaguer, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, everyday player, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout everyday player, breakout pitcher, bounceback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason MVP.

Along with the Red Sox's nod, GIBBY trophies also were awarded for the year's top regular-season play, outfield throw, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, regular-season moment, postseason storyline, postseason walk-off and postseason play.

In the past several seasons, fans have cast millions of votes across the GIBBY categories, none of which are restricted to individual league affiliation. That's how you know the GIBBYs consider the best of the best. All 30 clubs were represented among the award candidates, which is a testament to the competitive balance around the game.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.