Dodgers star Mookie Betts was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotter on Monday afternoon, so now we have to think about * that * we guess.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star recovered from a world championship that broke a 32-year drought Mookie Betts got the opportunity to participate in a franchise with a more consistent story of winning Monday afternoon.
Together with Chadwick Boseman, Russell Wilson, and viral video star sister Margaret Ann, Betts was chosen by Harlem Globetrotters in its annual draft this week, and threw a wrench into LA’s 13-year extension, signed just a few months ago.
It is safe to say that the All-Star outfielder, almost professional bowler and apparently still thumping has a serious decision to make.
There is no doubt about that Bett’s future would be better served in baseball – more financial security, longer runway and higher expectations are just a few of the benefits. But Dodgers fans now have to worry that if Betts’ only goal was to win a championship in Los Angeles, he would frolic for greener pastures now that the act is done, a massive contract binding is condemned?
After all, if Betts is about to win, it will not be much better than rolling out of bed and knowing that a guaranteed victory over the Washington Generals is already secured.
Let’s say a trade becomes hypothetical in the coming months. If the Globetrotters want to play hardball, then let’s play hardball. We do not plan to go all “Red Sox” in the international trade market here. It takes much more than an Alex Verdugo-type return to pry away our MVP finalist.
The point here, however, is that Betts is a baseball player at the Hall-of-Fame level, among the elite to the elite. When it comes to his basketball skills? At best, they are bad. We’ve never seen them. He is an extremely athletic man, but he has simply not trained for organized, stunt-based action on hardwood.
Whether he can thump or not is irrelevant. Bett’s comfort on the right limited should trump his desire to pretend to give birth to a basketball while five defenders stand amazed, bolted to court.
No matter which direction this decision goes, Dodgers fans have just experienced something unparalleled. No other baseball franchise knows the pain of having a world-class athlete under contract and watching him entertain the virtues of another sport altogether.
Oh. Right. Yes.
Betts’ll be a Dodger on opening day next year, but this is still a pretty cool honor. Time for our superstar to start working on some baseball stunts to incorporate his second job into his full-time job.