2011 Fire Brand of the Year Award needs tiebreaker!

The Fire Brand of the American League is a Red Sox player who exhibits character under pressure, an unassuming man who leaves the spotlight for other people but makes his indelible mark on the past season’s Boston Red Sox. A piece most people take for granted, but whom we would have missed dearly.

The Fire Brand of the Year Award has been a staple since the inception of the blog, with J.D. Drew taking home the honors last season and representing Fire Brand through the 2010 season.

In the past, the Fire Brand of the Year Award has been announced on Jan. 1. However, travel plans changed that this year so we are now preparing to announce the 2011 winner, chosen by voting by the Fire Brand contributors.

There’s a problem, though: There was a tie.

Both Jon Lester and Adrian Beltre tied for the most votes, each with eight. (Voting was done on a 3-2-1 scale, with three points awarded to the first-place nominee on a writer’s ballot.) One ballot included just two names — if Lester had been the third name, he would have won.

That leaves the tiebreaker up to you, the reader. Right now we are experiencing technical problems with the engine, so we cannot throw up a poll to solve the issue. If you’re interested in voting on who should be named the 2011 Fire Brand of the Year — you may only vote for Lester or Beltre — please leave a comment and we’ll tally up the votes at some point!

So I ask: Who should be the Fire Brand of the Year? Jon Lester or Adrian Beltre?

Categories: Adrian Beltre Boston Red Sox Fire Brand Awards Jon Lester Quick Post

Born on the 37th anniversary of the the day Babe Ruth died (1985) which later became the day Jimy Williams was fired in 2001 (a monumental event at the time), Evan was too young to experience the pain 1986 brought, but a deep wound was sowed in 2003. Since then, Fire Brand has become a blog that Red Sox “club officials read,” as per Peter Gammons. Evan enjoys working out, writing, reading, quality television, science fiction and history and being newly married. He is a professional baseball journalist as well as president of a state non-profit and member of the Board of Directors for a national profit. (Twitter.)

15 Responses to “2011 Fire Brand of the Year Award needs tiebreaker!” Subscribe

  1. Tyler January 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM #

    Lester! As much as I loved Beltre, we can't have a Ranger be the Fire Brand of the Year.

  2. GreggB January 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM #

    Lester. Great guy, great pitcher, still a sock.

  3. Joe January 9, 2011 at 5:18 PM #

    Isn't the Fire Brand award supposed to me more than just "Best Player?" Because with these two finalists, it seems like that is what it is going for. No one took Lester or Beltre for granted. They were the best position player and best pitcher on the team!

  4. Chip@BBIMH January 9, 2011 at 5:43 PM #

    I have to go with Lester on this one. I loved Beltre, but Lester was a beast last year.

  5. Mr Punch January 9, 2011 at 5:51 PM #

    I guess I'd have to say that Lester did what we expected, but Beltre contributed much more than we expected (plus he made his indelible mark on several members of last year's Boston Red Sox – at least their rib cages). Depends what you mean by "take for granted," but I'll vote for Beltre.

  6. jh January 9, 2011 at 7:01 PM #

    Jon Lester

  7. Dale Sams January 9, 2011 at 11:42 PM #

    Beltre. The man never slumped. His worst month? April.

    338/ .372 /.400

    Meanwhile Lester started poorly, had a torrid may and june and then wore down as the season ended.

  8. Jack Friesl January 10, 2011 at 6:14 AM #


  9. Chris Cornish January 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM #

    I think it should be Lester. He is unselfish, he has risen to the occasion of being an ace, and he is a cy young contender every year. Not to mention he came back from being diagnosed with cancer. He spews incredible.

  10. doctorogres January 10, 2011 at 9:03 AM #


  11. Gerry January 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM #

    They both deserve it but on the character and legacy issues I have to vote Lester. While AB showed just how good and tough he can be and helped carry the offense, Lester steadily walked a treacherous path from cancer to Ace. AB is gone, a client (creature?) of Boras, while Lester will be that strong, quiet leader in Boston for years.

  12. Falcon00386 January 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM #

    Both are great choices, but Lester wins for he flew more under the radar than Beltre.

  13. Scott January 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM #

    I have to go with Beltre grudgingly. Lester did about what was expected. He improved more in 2010. He still has room to get better. But Beltre carried this team many times when there was no one else to do offensively. I never had more confidence in a Sox player to give 100% in every AB as Adrian gave.

    I also think his stats will dip out of Boston and what we received outweighs what we lost. Go Sox.


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