ESPYs Preview Part 4: Best Comeback Athlete
The ESPYs are coming up tomorrow and we’re continuing to break down all categories involving your favorite New York teams/athletes. Today we roll with “Best Comeback Athlete.”
Category: Best Comeback Athlete
New York Athlete Involved: Dominic Moore, New York Rangers
The Rest of the Field: Josh Beckett, Sidney Crosby, Russell Westbrook
About Moore: An unbelievable story, Moore sat out 18 months after the death of his wife. He returned to the ice in 2013-14 and scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals – a goal that sent the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals. Though the Rangers lost in the finals, Moore provided one of the best storylines of the season.
About the Field: At one point, Josh Beckett was one of the top arms in baseball. He helped lead the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003 and helped the Red Sox win the championship in 2007. However, injuries began to derail his career. He went 0-5 in 2013 and missed most of the season with a nerve issue. This season? Beckett is 6-5 with a minuscule 2.26 ERA for the Dodgers. At 34, he threw the first no-hitter of the season this year against the Phillies. He’s the oldest pitcher to throw a no-no since Randy Johnson (2004).
Russell Westbrook: RW missed most of the 2012-13 NBA playoffs with a torn lateral meniscus and then wasn’t able to return until November 3rd of this season. All he did once he was back? Average 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the Thunder in the playoffs. He became the first person to do that in the postseason since Oscar Robertson in 1964.
Sidney Crosby: Crosby, one of the best players in the NHL, if not the best, hadn’t played at least 80 games since 2009-10 before this year. The Penguins star led the NHL in points this year at 104 and was a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy (league’s best player). He also led Team Canada to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.
Prediction: Beckett is a great story, but baseball season is only halfway over, so his comeback is yet to be complete. The NBA has all the flash, so Westbrook will garner a large share of votes, but I think Crosby gets the win. His ability and that large vote he’ll get from North of the border will help. Moore might not win, but his story is amazing.