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Mookie Betts slugs his first major league home run

Jul 2, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts hit a fifth-inning two-run shot over Fenway Park’s Green Monster for his first major league homer on Wednesday night against the Cubs …

Betts was drafted as a middle infielder and his outfield defense has looked shaky so far in Boston, but the 21-year-old sure can hit. He had a .345/.437/.520 slash line this season in the minors before his June 28 callup.

  1. drewzducks - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Great for the kid. Especially in helping to lead the Sox to a much needed victory…oh wait, nevermind, they got swept at home by the Sons of Theo. In a related matter, do drains really appear to flush counter-clockwise south of the equator?

  2. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Is it just me or does he look like an elf next to some of the other guys on the team?

  3. chinahand11 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    He looks like a mini-me of Dwayne Johnson.

  4. miguelcairo - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Meanwhile, Jerry Remy lost a tooth on live tv.

    • misterschmo - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I had totally lost interest in the game, but kept watching to see if Orsillo would put Jerry’s crown back in during the telecast.

  5. renaado - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Always love seein a rookie hit his 1st career homerun, wishin this guy a great ride with his tenure there with the Redsox.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    I guess that the exorcism of the name Mookie worked; although, he still needs some lessons on playing the outfield at Fenway.

    His hitting wasn’t enough to give Boston the win. They are only 1 game ahead of the red hot Rays

  7. cur68 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    MLBs Only Active Mookie: nice work. All the other non-playing Mookies must be filled with pride.

  8. irishlad19 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Let’s hope this is the first of many to come.
    The BoSox are apparently committed to their youth movement, conceding the rest of the season to development of their team of the future?

    • 18thstreet - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      We’ll know if the Red Sox are conceding the year if and when they trade Koji. Until then, I think we can conclude they’re still trying.

      • irishlad19 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Tend to agree; he can’t be in their long-term plans at age 38.
        Let’s see if they begin grooming a younger prospective closer.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        He’s also a free agent at the end of the year.

  9. vanmorrissey - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Heard on MLB radio the guy who caught it pitched against him in high school in Tennessee.

  10. blix666 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Another very interesting part of the story to this homer…

    http://nesn.com/2014/07/mookie-betts-first-big-league-home-run-caught-by-high-school-opponent/

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