Winners: Justin Morneau, Baseball
2008 - Feature Story
The word was out on Justin Morneau among American League pitchers in 2008: Be very careful. The league’s Most Valuable Player in 2006 had another great slugging season for the Minnesota Twins in 2008, batting .300 with 23 home runs and 129 runs batted in, finishing second in the most valuable player voting and playing every one of the Twins’ 163 games. He also led the league in intentional walks and won the Silver Slugger award as best-hitting first baseman in the league. In the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, Morneau won the home run derby over a power-packed field. For good measure, the next night he scored the winning run in the Major League Baseball All-Star game itself. Unofficially, Morneau also led the league in superstitions; nobody had more quirks, such as a certain kind of pre-game drink made by one teammate at a particular time, or precisely what time he took to the field for pre-game warmups, or how he made his game-day macaroni-and-cheese. Whatever his regimen, it seemed to work.
- 2008 Lionel Conacher Award (Canada’s male athlete of the year)
- 2008 Home Run Derby winner
- 2006, 2008 Silver Slugger Award
- 2006-2009 Collected 100+ runs batted in with the Minnesota Twins.
- 2006 American League Most Valuable Player
Minnesota Twins’ Justin Morneau is congratulated after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Date: July 23, 2007
Collection: CP photo/Aaron Harris