The 2019 ESPY Awards ceremony will be broadcast Wednesday night on ESPN, and Boston athletes/teams have been nominated in a few of the award categories.
Boston teams are no strangers to winning ESPY awards. In fact, two Boston clubs, the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, are among the nominees for the "Best Team" award. The Red Sox won 108 games and the World Series last year, while the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII for their sixth championship since 2000.
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who won the American League MVP award in 2018, is a nominee in the "Best Male Athlete" and "Best MLB Player" categories. No Boston athlete has ever won "Best Male Athlete." Pedro Martinez is the only Red Sox player ever to win "Best MLB Player." He won in 2000 and 2001.
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell already has been named the winner of the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Just found out I will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Arthur was a man of great courage. Tune in July 10, this is a special honor! #ESPYsABC #ArthurAsheAward @NBA @espn @celtics @BleacherReport @SLAMonline @BostonGlobe @ESPYS pic.twitter.com/AybfEZOzAb
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) May 30, 2019
Here's a list of all the ESPY categories with Boston-related nominees.
Boston Red Sox
Clemson Tigers football
New England Patriots
Baylor Bears women's basketball
Virgina Cavaliers men's basketball
U.S. women's national soccer team
Best MLB Player
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Bucks
Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets
Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays
Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Bill Russell, Boston Celtics (winner)
One moment involving the Patriots nominated for an ESPY is the "Miami Miracle" play that gave the Dolphins a stunning win over New England last December. It's one of four nominees in the "Best Play" category.
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ESPY nominees 2019: These Boston teams, athletes are among award finalists originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston