A 38-year-old reliever, thrust into the closer’s role only through necessity.
A bruising, soft-spoken running back who helped resurrect a once-proud football program.
2013 was full of players who introduced themselves into Boston’s sporting consciousness — some in their first taste of the spotlight and others after years of flying under the radar.
We compiled a list of eight athletes (listed in alphabetical order) who announced their presence with authority this year, either cementing their status as bona fide stars or laying a solid framework for future success.
Did your favorite up-and-comer make the list? Click the link below to find out.