Manny Ramirez’s arrival in Los Angeles on July 31, and what No. 99 with the dreadlocks was able to do with his brief time — .396 average, 17 homers 53 RBI in two months — in pushing the Dodgers to the playoffs, was voted as the “top sports moment of 2008” in the fourth annual L.A. Sports Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Sports Council on Friday.
At an awards presentation at the Beverly Hilton, Ramirez and the team was recognized for that, as was the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant — named ’08 Sportsman of the Year — and the Sparks’ Candace Parker — named ’08 Sportswoman of the Year.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was voted Sports Executive of the Year and the Lakers’ Phil Jackson was the Coach of the Year.
The highlights of Friday’s banquet will air in a one-hour special on FSN Prime Ticket on Jan. 30.
The top 10 moments of the year, according to online voting:
1. Dodgers Get Manny: Manny Ramirez turns Los Angeles into “Mannywood” and leads the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series. (July 31)
2. Kobe nets MVP: Kobe Bryant wins his first NBA Most Valuable Player award. (May 6)
3. Lezak’s golden touch: Irvine ‘s Jason Lezak swims the anchor leg of the men’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay, leading the U.S. team to gold and thereby preserving the second of Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals. (August 11)
4. Lakers return to finals: The Lakers defeat San Antonio in five games to win the Western Conference championship and advance to the NBA Finals. (May 29)
5. Dodgers advance to NLCS: The Dodgers defeat the Cubs in a three-game sweep of their Division Series to advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 1988. (October 4)
6. UCLA earns third consecutive Final Four trip: The Bruins’ men’s basketball team swept through the West Regional to earn its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four. (March 29)
7. USC football wins Pac-10 again: The Trojans defeat UCLA, 28-7, to earn an unprecedented seventh straight Pac-10 championship. (December 6)
8. Walsh and May-Treanor repeat in beach volleyball: Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor win their second consecutive Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball at the Beijing Games. (August 21)
9. Angels reach 100 wins: On the last day of the regular season the Angels set a club record with their 100th victory in a win over Texas. (September 28)
10. Parker shines in rookie season: Candace Parker becomes the first player in WNBA history to win the league’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards in the same year. (October 5)