Yep this is exactly me. It's Pedro ---> Mookie ---> everyone else. I was telling friends about him when he was in the minors, telling them I can't wait for this guy to make the bigs, because he's gonna be a superstar. To be fair, I didn't necessarily see 2018-level star, but I thought he was going to be really really good. And it turns out he's such a fun player to root for; absolutely nothing (that we know of) to dislike about him.Mookie is my favorite non-Pedro Red Sox ever.
I am non-plussed at the moment. He is awesome, and everything every team should want to have play 20 years in their uniform. The Dodgers are lucky.
I watched that at bat on my phone at a concert, in line for drinks with a friend who is a Yankees fan. And when Betts hit it out, even Yankees Fan celebrated like his team had just hit a walk off. That's how cool that moment was and how transcendent a player Betts is.
In retrospect, with the shot of Dombrowski's smile after the homer, that was probably the closest the Sox came to giving him an extension. If you got a few substances into Dave, he may have drawn up the 12 yr/$420 million offer that night.
Came here just to make sure someone had posted this. This play was the tipping point in making Mookie my all-time favorite Red Sox player since Pedro left. Thanks in large part to some of the very well-reasoned posts on this site I've made my peace with Mookie leaving, but it still hurts a lot and doesn't yet quite seem real. It's not going to be fun seeing Mookie in a Dodgers jersey (and then, potentially, in the jersey of yet another team come next year).
Commemmorated with a bobble head doll last year, "It's time to party!"
Add me to the group of folks who have Pedro, Mookie and Papi in their personal pantheon. Also, to the "I feel ill today" and "I'm not wishing good things on Henry & co." groups.
This. All I can add is how much fun I had watching him. To me, this video is the perfect Mookie moment.Thanks Mookie for giving it your all in every game, and always with the joy of a little kid playing the game. I'll be rooting for you no matter what uniform you wear, and am holding out the (probably slim) hope for a joyous reunion on Opening Day 2021.
To me, he's seemed more like a Lebron James. With his unflinching desire to go to Free Agency, he was likely going to be a hired gun, best in the league, but not necessarily faithful to anyone.When my son was born, more than almost anything I wanted to bring him to a Red Sox game. A year later, on May 2nd 2018, I did. Mookie Betts hit 3 home runs that day. I always assumed that as my son grew up watching baseball, Mookie would become his favorite player because A) he was the best player on the team he was born to support and b) because he could always say at his first game Mookie Betts hit 3 home runs.
Even if Mookie comes back in Free Agency, this doesn't feel right. Players like him should be a one team guy. Classy off the field as well.
100% this. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving Mookie. I’m going to hold out hope of signing him for the next 350 or so days.I'll never forget following Alex Speier's #feats of Mookie when they first popped up once and awhile and progressed to nearly daily. Such a lovable player and guy.
I don’t blame him at all. He was honest about his intentions all along. Does it suck? Yes. I already miss my avatar. Make me proud, Mr. Devers.I hope he comes back as a free agent but won't blame him at all if he goes somewhere else to maximize his money. One hell of a player, didn't believe this would happen.