Los Angeles Dodgers fans are anxiously awaiting the debut of superstar outfielder Mookie Betts, who was acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox in February.
Major League Baseball earlier this month canceled the rest of spring training and delayed the start of the 2020 regular season amid the outbreak of the coronavirus. Before that announcement from the league, Betts already was making a great impression on his new teammates.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts recently appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and explained what excites him most about his new team. Red Sox fans won't be surprised with his answer.
"Oh gosh, I don't know if we have enough time, but let me just say it starts with Mookie and ends with Betts," Roberts said,. "Just the way that him and David (Price) just assimilated with all of their teammates. How Justin, Clayton and Kenley took these guys in with open arms. We are going to play baseball in 2020, but to see a guy and hear so much about a guy's makeup and work ethic, and to live to that standard -- very rare. That's what Mookie and David did. We're excited to play baseball in 2020."
Betts didn't often show a ton of personality in Boston, but it sounds like he's been a little more vocal and outgoing around his new team.
"David (Price) said 'I've been with Mookie for many years, and he's never gotten in front of his teammates and spoke and put his neck and his heart out there.' He basically just called us out in the best possible way as far as what it's going to take this group to get to the next level and hold that trophy up," Roberts said of Betts' talk to the team.
"Just a sense of urgency and playing for one another, and the little things. He had this little thing were every little mistake we make is going to be a contribution to the pot, so whether it's cut-offs and relays, PFPs ... To be a guy that talks the talk and walks the walk with the back of his baseball card, the credibility he has, spoke volumes."
Betts and Price joining an already-talented Dodgers roster has led to oddsmakers giving Los Angeles the second-best odds to win the 2020 World Series, just behind the New York Yankees.