It’s time for a year-in-review, in July.

In honor of the ESPYs, I’m going to find the five best off-the-field stories of the year – from July 2018 to July 2019 – for you to relive. We’re not necessarily going to rank these, since we already gave out our awards yesterday, but we’ll still find a few that will remind you that sports are much deeper than what happens on the field.

From some beautiful tributes, underdogs and some examples of human nature in its purest form, here are some of the best sports stories of the last 12 months.

Mookie Betts feeds the homeless at 2 a.m., in Boston, after Game 2 of the World Series.

The Boston Red Sox had just taken a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Boston and the Betts’ family was headed back to Mookie’s place for a huge dinner. Betts and his friend Cam Lewis had aspirations to eat the entire spread – a generous amount of Dominican food Betts had ordered from Red Sox legend David Ortiz.

Still, by all accounts, it was a ton of food, more than Betts and his good buddy could handle. It had to be gone, though, as the series was headed to Los Angeles and Betts was going to be gone until after Game 5 at least. Instead of throwing it away, though, they headed out into the night.

The Betts family dropped the food off with a group of homeless people outside the Boston Public Library. The wore hoodies and tried to remain unseen – those they were helping didn’t even recognize them. The only reason this story even broke is because a club promoter caught a glimpse of the act and happened to recognize Betts. The AL MVP declined to comment after it became public.

Betts and his family did what they felt was right – they didn’t really care if anyone saw, they just knew it was within their means to make someone’s life a little easier.


Page 2: A massive breaking ball

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