Sunday, September 9, 2007
MVP Year(s): 1989, 1999 (Shell)
College: University of the Philippines
ROY: 1989 (Shell)
There are those who will dispute his first MVP award in 1989, the year San Miguel won a grand slam. In fact, even Norman Black found it funny that the MVP during the triple crown year did not come from the team that accomplished the feat. But what is non-debatable is the fact that Paras is the only player to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season. But his real claim to greatness is his heartwarming comeback story from his self-inflicted downfall. Coaxing himself out of a shell of his self-contentment, Paras won yet another MVP award, 10 Years after the first one launched him to superstardom. And that MVP trophy came in the year when several talented half-Filipinos threatened to duplicate his feat as top Rookie-MVP awardee. The way he defended his sacred space in the record books was truly an inspiring story.