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Mookie Betts stole the show at the World Series, and people noticed

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts celebrated a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, in Arlington, Texas.
Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts celebrated a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, in Arlington, Texas.Eric Gay/Associated Press

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.

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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:

The Red Sox are owned by John Henry, who also owns The Boston Globe.