Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated has awarded "Sportsperson of the Year" to an athlete who embodies sportsmanship on and off the field. He did an wonderful job of lifting the spirits of the people of Houston during a devastating time, which is one of many reasons why he deserves this award. In October he announced that $30.15 million would be distributed to four different charities to help rebuild homes, restore childcare centers, and provide food and medical care to those in need.
In Sports Illustrated's release, they explained Watt and Altuve's impact on the city of Houston. The diminutive second baseman was named the 2017 American League MVP after slashing.346/.410/.547 for an MLB-best 8.1 wins above replacement. He led the Astros to the franchise's first-ever World Series championship, giving Houston a distraction from the devastation, something to rally around and enjoy together.
The pair will accept the honor at SI's Sportsperson of the Year Award Show Tuesday at Barlcays Center in NY.
Congratulations to J.J. Watt, Jose Altuve, and the entire city of Houston.