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"I Thought I Was Going To Be A Red Sock For Life" - Markus Lynn Betts

Most team names are plural, that's standard. But having your team's plural form end in an "x" as opposed to the standard "s" really throws a wrench into the whole singular form. The phrase "Red Sock" when referring to only a single member of the Boston Baseball Club has never mentally registered with me. It just sounds wrong in my brain. Sorta like how "Los Angeles Dodger Mookie Betts" still doesn't sound correct. Both of these things will forever haunt and infuriate me until the day I die. And despite living with an un-healable, open wound since Betts was dealt to Los Angeles back in February, I certainly do not appreciate him sharpening his blade and stabbing me in the stomach again. 

For months now you've heard people say he was never re-signing. That he was leaving no matter what. That because the Red Sox offered him a below-market deal he was being selfish and it proved he never intended on staying. Well, those people were always dumb and loud and wrong. And now there's proof. I say that definitively based on this video because I have no idea what his angle would be for saying this unless it was true. Why would he want to distance himself from his new fanbase? It's such a layup. "Yes, Los Angeles is a beautiful city. I've always viewed myself as a West Coast guy. The Dodgers have a great tradition and I always thought I could be the guy who helped put them over the top." Boom, simple. His new fanbase loves that, his old fanbase now can sleep easy at night knowing he truly was never going to stay. But that's not what he said. 

I've been yelling it all year: when the Boston Red Sox offer the most money they get their guy no matter what. There is no unattainable player for them. The Red Sox offered Mookie Betts a $300 million contract. Mookie Betts countered with a $420 million contract. The Red Sox traded Mookie Betts. Mookie Betts signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $365 million. Yes, the pandemic played a factor in him signing it before free agency. But the Red Sox never even offered that exact deal. Does he take that in February if it was offered? We'll never know. It seems fair to say he would have accepted it in November, but the truth is the Red Sox never thought he was worth that. And that's what is the most frustrating. I can understand being wrong about draft picks, trades, free agent signings bringing players over from a smaller market club, there is no perfect science to all of that. But getting this wrong? Drafting, developing and winning with the best home grown player in a century and you can't see the value in paying that guy as he's entering his prime? It's unforgivable. Inexcusable. And as the Dodgers inch closer to winning the World Series, with him tossing out quotes like this, it's not getting any easier to swallow.