There probably is not a wrong choice.
Ultimately, though, there will be just one choice for Sports Person of the Year at the 15th annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Fortunately, though, the responsibility for the decision was widespread. The Sports Person of the Year was the only one of the awards, which recognize achievement in athletics, to include voting by the general public.
“It’s phenomenal to think about a city our size … and think you can have two Cy Young Award winners, a FedEx Cup winner and do what the others did all in the same year,” said Scott Ramsey, executive director of the Nashville Sports Council.
This year’s finalists are:
Brian Baker: He resurrected his professional tennis career after years of injury issues, won matches at both the French Open and Wimbledon and climbed into the top 100 of the world rankings.
R.A. Dickey: At 37 years old he became the first pitcher who throws primarily a knuckleball to win the Cy Young. He was the National League winner in addition to a first-time MLB All-Star.
James Franklin: The second-year Vanderbilt football coach guided his team to nine wins, the program’s most since 1915, and a bowl victory. He was a finalist for conference and national coach of the year awards.
David Price: He was the American League Cy Young Award winner in the closest vote in 43 years. With a 20-6 record and a 2.45 ERA he continued to live up to the expectations he inherited as the No. 1 pick in MLB’s 2007 draft.
Brandt Snedeker: He won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup with a victory in the prestigious Tour Championship, one of his two 2012 titles. He also played for the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup.