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Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more. 

MLB to air Game 4 of Red Sox vs. Yankees 2004 ALCS on Thursday

MLB to air Game 4 of Red Sox vs. Yankees 2004 ALCS on Thursday

With the 2020 MLB season postponed due to the coronavirus, it's going to be a while before we're able to watch any live baseball action.

But that doesn't mean we'll be without baseball entirely on what was supposed to be Opening Day.

On Thursday, MLB will present "Opening Day at Home," a slate of classic games including Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The game, which of course includes Dave Roberts' steal that sparked Boston's historic series comeback, will air at 6 p.m. ET on MLB's Facebook page.

Check out the full slate below:

Roberts' steal is one of the most iconic moments in the history of the Red Sox franchise. The speedy outfielder scored on a Bill Mueller base hit up the middle to tie the game, then David Ortiz walked it off later on in the 12th inning to force a Game 5.

Boston would become the first team to storm back from a 3-0 series deficit in the ALCS, and then go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series title in 86 years.

MLB has not yet announced a new Opening Day date for the 2020 season.

Dave Roberts reflects on legendary steal in 2004 ALCS

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Dave Roberts reflects on legendary steal in 2004 ALCS

The Red Sox were almost dead in the water when Dave Roberts pinch ran for Kevin Millar in the 2004 ALCS. The team was down 3-0 against the New York Yankees and were trailing by a run in the ninth inning of Game 4. They were on the verge of being swept, and they didn't have much time to make up the deficit in the game, let alone, the series.

Roberts, a speedster, was put in with one goal: get home. But with the greatest closer in MLB history, Mariano Rivera, on the hill, that wouldn't be easy. Roberts needed to get into scoring position, so he did what he came to the Red Sox to do. Steal a base. And that's just what he did.

Roberts managed to make it into second before the throw and later would come in to tie the game on a single by Bill Mueller. That set up the Red Sox first victory of the series and afforded them the opportunity to come from 3-0 down to win the series. And the rest is history.

In a recent interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez, Roberts opened up about the stolen base that turned him into a Boston sports legend. Here's what he said about the moment.

It was certainly my defining moment as a player. Early on, I was kind of sick of hearing it. I was like, ‘Man, I played for 10 years, and that’s all people can talk about.’ But you kind of step away from that and understand that people in sports love moments, and for a fan base like the Red Sox, it’s so humbling and crazy to imagine that I was a part of that team and history. The lure of breaking the curse, all that stuff, it’s very humbling.

Not only was it a defining moment for Roberts, but it was a defining moment for generations of Boston baseball fan. Roberts' steal sparked the Red Sox comeback and ultimately delivered the World Series title that the city had been waiting 86 years for.

And Boston fans have proven to be eternally grateful to Roberts, as he told Guiterrez.

To your question about Boston buying drinks, I have bought some dinners, but as far as alcoholic beverages, I haven’t had to pay for one.

And those drinks will likely keep coming every time he's in town. Unless, of course, the Red Sox and Dodgers both make the World Series again. But even then, hostility will only be temporary and game-based. Roberts will remain a legendary figure as part of the steal that sparked the team's improbable comeback.

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