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Mookie Betts bids farewell: ‘You were great to me, Boston’

Mookie Betts said farewell to the Red Sox and Boston sports fans in a video posted Monday.
Mookie Betts said farewell to the Red Sox and Boston sports fans in a video posted Monday.Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Former Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts used social media to tell Boston how he feels.

“Nine years. Man, you were great to me, Boston,” the outfielder begins in a video posted to his social media accounts on Monday morning.

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“The way you welcomed me in, like family. The bonds that will last a lifetime, and the banner that will hang forever,” he says, as clips of him dancing in the outfield and celebrating the 2018 World Series flash over the screen.

It was a fitting thank you to the city, fans, and team he called home for his entire career up until this month, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The scene shifts from “GO SOX” shining in lights on the Prudential Center to the palm tree-lined streets of LA and a glimpse of the classic “Dodger Stadium” sign on Vin Scully Avenue.

“Over the years, I’ve realized we’re all a part of something bigger than one person or one city,” he continues.

Then the video shifts to classic moments many Boston or LA sports fans would recognize – the Dodgers winning the World Series, Kevin Garnett celebrating an NBA Finals victory, Zdeno Chara hoisting the Stanley Cup, Tom Brady fist-pumping into the air, Kobe Bryant jumping in joy after winning another title.

His final words:

“Los Angeles, it’s showtime.”

Watch the video here:

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Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac.