To nobody’s surprise, Mookie Betts was awarded with the the 2018 American League MVP award on Thursday night.
Regardless of his postseason performance, the Red Sox wouldn’t be champions without number 50. From game 1 to 162 he was arguably the best player in baseball, hitting .345 with 32 homers and 80 RBI’s from the lead-off spot.
At age 25, he passed Dom Dimaggio for the most lead-off homers in franchise history. He’s also the youngest player ever to have four career three-homer games.
Here are the best moments from Mookie’s 2018 MVP season, starting with four minutes of his most impressive plays in right field:
Now for the offense…
4/17 vs. Angels: Shohei Ohtani was borderline unhittable in April. Mookie went yard off him on his way to a three-homer game
5/2 vs. Royals: Another three-homer game (the one that set the record)
7/27 vs. Blue Jays: Perhaps his most memorable moment of the season. Bases loaded, 2 outs, down 2-1. Ends a 13-pitch at-bat with a grand slam:
7/27 vs. Twins: Bottom of the 10th, first career walk-off homer:
8/9 vs. Blue Jays: It came in a loss, but he wen 4-for-4 and hit for the cycle:
9/20 vs. Yankees: In the game that clinched the AL East, he went 4-for-5 with 5 RBI’s:
Mookie is the first Red Sox player to win the MVP since Dustin Pedroia 10 years ago. The last one before Pedey was Mo Vaughn in 1995.
When the news broke on MLB Network, he was at home having a private viewing party with his family:
The kid just turned 26 last month. His prime has hardly even begun. At this rate, he’s well on his way to becoming an all-time Boston icon with guys like Bird, Ortiz, Orr, and Brady. He’s also a really humble and likable person which is probably why he often flies under the radar, but if you’ve watched the Sox the last three years then you know he’s an assassin on the diamond.
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