Red Sox

ESPY nominees 2019: These Boston teams, athletes are among award finalists

usatsi_12936615.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

ESPY nominees 2019: These Boston teams, athletes are among award finalists

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.

Here's a list of all the ESPY categories with Boston-related nominees.

Best Male Athlete
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Brooks Koepka, Golf

Best Team
Boston Red Sox
Clemson Tigers football
New England Patriots
Toronto Raptors
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.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

Get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App

Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

Get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App

They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."