We hope Rick Porcello cleared a spot in his trophy case because he’s going to need it after Wednesday.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander was named the American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, a moment that had him and his family pretty emotional, even if Kate Upton didn’t agree with the outcome.
Porcello certainly earned it with his bounce-back performance in 2016. He started his Red Sox career off on the wrong foot with a 9-15 record and 4.92 ERA in 2015, but he turned things around this season and posted a Major League Baseball-leading 22 wins with a 3.15 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 223 innings.
“I think regardless of what happened in the past in my career, I think this would be emotional, but especially coming off the 2015 that I had not throwing the ball the way I wanted to and then coming back this year and having a much better season and starting to figure some things out,” Porcello told NESN’s Jerry Remy on “NESN Sports Today,” presented by People’s United Bank. “It builds up in you. You want to go out there, and I take a lot of pride in what I do. I want to go out there and do my job the right way and do it well.”
Hear more from Porcello with Remy in the video above.