Was it a good year for the Sox? Maybe. It certainly wasn't great. It ended badly, but it was far from bad. But there were some fine individual performances that highlighted the season.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Jason Bay, LF
Jon Lester, SP
And the winner is...
Bay and Youkilis had excellent years. But what put Lester over the top was how much of a rock he was when this team struggled in the dog days of summer. Lester was far from a Cy Young candidate, but he was solid all season, peaking when the Sox were at their worst. He took over the role of Ace from an inconsistent Beckett, and even though I still consider him #2 material, he's still the Sox player of the year.