It was a fast start for The Globies and host Sean McDonough.
The Boston Globe’s inaugural sports awards show, held at House of Blues on Tuesday night, opened with McDonough tossing out jokes in his monologue, poking fun at NESN, his former place of work, while giving a nod to outgoing Red Sox play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo.
Patrice Bergeron took home the first award of the night (Bruins MVP), followed by midfielder Lee Nguyen grabbing the award for the Revolution’s MVP.
“I know only one man can get this award, but I want to thank my teammates,” Nguyen said in a video message to the audience. “They deserve all the credit. I wouldn’t be here without them. I’m really proud of what we achieved all of last season and I’m hoping to repeat it again this year. I can’t wait to get back to New England and finish our . . . push towards the MLS Cup.”
Isaiah Thomas, the 5-foot-9-inch guard that provided a spark off the bench for the latter half of last season, was named Celtics MVP.
David Ortiz received loud cheers during his walk to the stage to accept his award for Red Sox MVP as he greeted the crowd with a casual, “What’s up, Boston?” at the podium.
After thanking the organization and teammates, Ortiz said he was pleased that manager John Farrell will be back with the team next year.
“He’s done an unbelievable job for all of us through the years and I’m happy to know that he’s going to be back and he’s going to be ready to go next year,” Ortiz said.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was named MVP of his team, was not in attendance but sent Chris Harrington, a Best Buddies Ambassador, to accept the award in his place.
Former Patriots receiver Troy Brown accepted the Unsung Hero award on behalf of wide receiver Julian Edelman, heaping praise on the former college quarterback.
“Julian couldn’t be here because he’s busy doing his job,” Brown said. “For the way that that young man plays the game and the way he goes out and he works hard every day, I will gladly and proudly accept this award on his behalf.”
McDonough, a sports anchor for ESPN and son of former longtime Globe reporter Will McDonough, said it was an easy decision when the Globe asked him to host the first Globies award ceremony.
“There isn’t a day that goes by when somebody doesn’t stop to tell me a story about my dad, how much they appreciated him, what he did to help them,” he said. “And I miss him very much, and I know a lot of you do, too.”
Brady’s six awards were by far the most of the evening.
Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, coach Bill Belichick, and the Providence College hockey team each won two.
Athlete of the year (fan vote): Tom Brady
Fan Favorite (fan vote): Tom Brady
Best moment: Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl interception
Best comeback: Providence hockey in Frozen Four title game
Best female athlete: Alex Carpenter
Patriots MVP: Tom Brady
Red Sox MVP: David Ortiz
Bruins MVP: Patrice Bergeron
Celtics MVP: Isaiah Thomas
Revolution MVP: Lee Nguyen
Voice of Boston Award: Mike Gorman
Lifetime Achievement Award: Milt Schmidt
Most Inspirational Fan: Liam Fitzgerald
Community Hero Award: Pete Frates
Unsung hero: Julian Edelman
Best individual performance in a game: Tom Brady
Most stylish Boston sportsperson: Tom Brady
Executive of the year: Bill Belichick
Top college athlete: Jack Eichel
Best college moment: Providence College hockey team
Social media star: Tom Brady
Top newcomer: Malcolm Butler
Best quote: Rob Gronkowski
Coach of year: Bill Belichick
Best Ad by Brand: CoachUp
Best Social Media Campaign by a Brand: Dunkin’ Donuts (Gronk/Big Papi)
Fantasy Player of the Year: The Gomes Brothers