The ESPY Awards have definitely seen better days. The years the ceremony was hosted by the likes of Justin Timberlake and Seth Meyers at least provided a level of humor to an awards show that was pretty much pointless and the laughing stock of the sports world Since then, the awards show's ratings have trended downward, but perhaps with a slew of Boston teams in the mix as nominees, 2019 will be the year that the awards show reverts back to its old glory, if it ever had any.
As for the Boston nominations, there are many of them, thanks to the fact that the Boston teams dominated the sports landscape this year! Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox has been nominated for Best Male Athlete. His competitors are Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, and golfer Brooks Koepka. Betts was also nominated for Best MLB Player. The other athletes in the category are Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers, Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets, and Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays. Between the AL MVP award and the World Series title, I believe Betts deserves the honor.
Andrew Benintendi also received a nomination in the bracket-style Best Play category for his diving catch to end game four of the 2018 ALCS against the Houston Astros. It's a remarkable play that definitely deserves a deep run in the tournament!
Additionally, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, due to the fact that they both won their respective titles over the past season, are expected to make solid runs for the Most Outstanding Team ESPY Award, which pits all the league's winners against one another. The Boston Bruins were so close to making it here, as well.
Voting is now open for the ESPY Awards and the Boston teams and athletes need your support! The 2019 ESPY Awards ceremony will be held on July 10 and it will be hosted by Tracy Morgan of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock fame.
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