Mookie Betts had a show-stopping performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night: becoming the first player to hit a home run, steal two bases, and score two runs in a World Series game.
With his speed propelling him across the bases, Betts pumped his fists into the air — both capturing the hearts of Dodgers fans and yet again breaking those of Red Sox supporters.
When the Red Sox elected to not sign Betts — claiming he was too expensive to keep on — and traded him to the Dodgers in January, the decision caused no small amount of debate among both sports journalists and casual fans. Betts ended up signing a $365 million contract with the Dodgers, making him one of the highest-paid players in all of professional sports.
On social media Tuesday night, Betts' highlights generated a mixture of awe at his profound abilities and regret that he was no longer sporting a Sox jersey.
Even basketball stars Magic Johnson (a part-owner of the Dodgers) and LeBron James marveled at the success of Betts during the game, with the former writing on Twitter, “just WOW,” and the latter, “[Betts] did it all.”
A player that can both be compared to Babe Ruth and win America free tacos for the second time? Who could ask for more?
See some reactions below:
Congratulations to Mookie Betts for becoming the first player in World Series history with 2+ steals, a homer, and 2+ runs in a single game! His play tonight...just WOW!!! 😱— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 21, 2020
The greatest bargain in all of baseball? Mookie Betts at just $365 million.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 21, 2020
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