Proceed with caution on Mookie Betts
Whether its stealing two bases on the same play, robbing home runs or hitting his own, there seems to be nothing that Mookie Betts can’t do. Betts’ sweet swing even took potential trade return Cole Hamels deep on Opening Day.
While I love a story about a 22-year-old phenom playing lights out to start the year, I also want to proceed with caution.
We have a right to.
The second-year player has shown flashes of greatness, but has come back to earth boasting a .143 average over the last week.
In years past, the Sox have had a number of prospects crush April only to find themselves playing for the Paw Sox come July (raise your hand if you have a Will Middlebrooks jersey). Hell, even Mookie’s predecessor Jackie Bradley Jr. seemed like a legitimate everyday centerfielder for a few months.
Believe me, I’m pulling for Mookie. Number 50 has been the best guy I’ve seen in the outfield since the $153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury traded in his Sox for Pinstripes. His quick hands are going to do wonders with the Green Monster and his quick feet haven’t left him hanging on the basepaths (4 for 4 on stolen bases this season).
I’m loving Mookie Madness so far, but let’s wait and see how he does in July before we buy his jersey.