NASHVILLE, TN — Former Overton High School star Mookie Betts has been on tear this season for the Boston Red Sox. After his second straight All Star appearance, he is leading his team in home runs (17) runs batted in (56), hits (103) and walks (44). On July 9th, he became the career leader in leadoff home runs in Red Sox history when he hit his 11th against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I enjoy playing the game,” said Betts at a news conference at the All Star Game. “I enjoy life I put a uniform on everyday and have fun.”
Betts has become an important piece to the Red Sox championship hopes. With the retirement of David Ortiz, Boston fans were in search of a new hero. Ortiz’s departure left some big shoes to be filled. While Betts is trying his best to do things on the field to keep the Red Sox afloat, he realizes one man can’t do it all.
“He is like a big brother to me,” said Betts of Ortiz. “What he did on the fied and in the community is amazing. One man can’t make that up. His leadership will take a grou effort. He had fun playing the game. I know I am having fun playing it for sure. Anytime I can put on a Red Sox uniform is a blessing.”