October 1, 2023

Purple Sox

“He’s the total package deal. I imply, you inform me. Why would you not make that transfer? We all know it was a mistake.”

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Mookie Betts’s return to Fenway this week was a reminder of what may have been.

The Purple Sox had one in all baseball’s brightest stars, and as a substitute of signing him to an extension, they traded him to Los Angeles. Betts has already blasted 35 dwelling runs this yr, placing him fifth within the league. And he’s main a Dodgers squad that had a 12-game runaway lead on first place within the NL West.

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In the meantime, the Purple Sox are in fourth place within the AL East chasing the Blue Jays, Rays, and Orioles.

Throughout an interview on Rob Bradford’s Baseball Isn’t Boring podcast, Purple Sox legend David Ortiz opened up about why he felt the Betts commerce was a foul one.

“[It was painful] since day one, since they let him go,” Ortiz informed Bradford. “I feel that the minute he went to the Dodgers my feelings shifted slightly bit as a result of that man, he was the right franchise boy for a company like this one.”

Betts is within the top-10 for batting common (.315), on-base share (.407), OPS (1.018), hits (152), dwelling runs (35), doubles (36) RBIs (93), and runs scored (110).

However, it’s extra than simply his bat that makes him invaluable to a company, stated Ortiz.

“Mookie has the persona,” Ortiz stated. “I’m not even going to speak concerning the participant as a result of that’s off the charts, and he’s younger, very mature. He’s the total package deal. He’s the total package deal. I imply, you inform me. Why would you not make that transfer? We all know it was a mistake. We all know. We all know as a result of numbers don’t lie. Numbers don’t lie. However, that occurs. One of these mistake occurs generally and there’s not a lot you are able to do about it.”

Ortiz known as Betts one of many “greatest issues” to occur to baseball in recent times. He says the 2 are nonetheless shut regardless that Betts is on the West Coast now.

“Mookie is like my child brother. We all the time keep in contact. We all the time talk. He’s too good, as a result of he’s all the time on the search and good baseball gamers, that’s what they do as a result of this recreation day-after-day has one thing to indicate you. There’s one thing to study day-after-day.”

Ortiz stated the Purple Sox have a possibility to study from their determination to commerce Betts.

“Every time the chance comes once more, make the most of it,” Ortiz stated. “Thank God we have now the chance to have Rafael for years to return round right here.”