No. 2: Mookie Betts
We all know what Mookie Betts brought to the Boston Red Sox in his tenure here; yearly MVP type offensive numbers; defensive athleticism; good baserunning; a strong and accurate arm.
Betts is probably the most complete player I have ever seen don the Boston uniform. His infectious smile, humble musings, and bowling prowess have endeared him to fans all over the country.
The Red Sox choosing to deal Mookie Betts has already gone down as one of the most unpopular moves in Boston sports history and has oft been compared to Harry Frazee dealing Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919.
A hundred years later, it seems the Red Sox did not learn their lesson. But a series of lousy contracts dished out by Dave Dombrowski (see: Sale, Chris, and Eovaldi, Nathan) forced the Sox to jettison its best homegrown player since Yaz.
On a positive note, I watched Betts’ press conference from the Dodgers’ spring training facility yesterday, and while Betts said all the right things about moving forward and new opportunities, I couldn’t help notice his tone seemed forced, and it felt like his heart was still in Boston.
Take note John Henry…make this huge mistake right in the offseason when your precious Luxury Tax Number nonsense is reset.