Congratulations to Cleveland Indians short stop Francisco Lindor for receiving the Rising Star award for 2016 during the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards last night at Barclays Center in New York.
He received the award from recently retired Red Sox great David Ortiz (pictured above with Rob Manfred the commissioner of MLB & Francisco). The two joked about things that Ortiz could do now that he had retired, with Francisco's suggestion of Sports Illustrated swim suit model getting a great reaction from the crowd.
The room was full of sporting legends, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown with LeBron James being named Sportsperson of the Year. Legendary Olympian Michael Phelps was honored as the greatest Olympian of all time.
Bausele was very proud to see Franciso honored in front of such an incredible room of greats and wearing Bausele's white Pilot Automatic Cockatoo. We are looking forward to seeing him continue to "live his dream" as this 23 year old has won several awards already this year and for him the sky is definitely the limit. Watch his humble and loving acceptance speech in the video below.