Red Sox fans saw Mookie Betts develop into one of the best players in baseball in Boston — but now they'll have to watch his career continue in Dodger blue.
Seeing Betts traded to Los Angeles after Boston couldn't sign the outfielder to a long-term extension was a tough enough blow for Red Sox Nation.
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But seeing the Dodgers ink Betts to a 12-year, $365 million extension on the eve of the 2020 season was the cherry on top. After all, it's not like the Sox are a small-market team. They had the biggest payroll in MLB in 2019, spending almost $230 million.
So it was no surprise that Red Sox Twitter exploded into a frenzy upon news of Betts' extension, with angry Sox fans absolutely roasting John Henry and the organization for letting one of the best players in baseball slip through their fingers as they cut payroll.
Here's some of the best (worst?) tweets — and these are just the responses without excessively NSFW language:
The Red Sox letting Mookie Betts walk away is like if the Patriots let Tom Brady walk in 2006.— SAVAGE BOSTON🍀 (@SavageBoston) July 23, 2020
BREAKING: Sox owner John Henry announces that he will invest the money saved on not extending Mookie Betts, into a revival of the musical, “No No Nanette”— Emily Nyman (@EmSheDoesIt) July 22, 2020
*I hope John Henry steps on 350 million legos with no shoes on*— cass✨ (@cassriley13) July 22, 2020
The saying “learn from your mistakes” evidently doesn’t apply to John Henry. He did it with Jon Lester and has done it with Mookie Betts.— J.R. Leandre (@realJRLeandre) July 22, 2020
The Red Sox should've treated Mookie Betts like the Chiefs did Patrick Mahomes.— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) July 22, 2020
Mookie signed for what John Henry bought the Red Sox for 18 years ago. Mookie is absolutely worth it.— Ryan Bernardoni AC⚡️AB (@dangercart) July 22, 2020
Cubs Jon Lester and Dodgers Mookie Betts hurt me more than Buccaneer Tom Brady. We got 20 years with Tom. We traded these guys in or ahead of their primes. Pathetic— TheFib - Berry 4 Hall (@thefib0624) July 22, 2020
JOHN HENRY'S TOP FIVE WORST MISTAKES— DON CORLEONE JONES (@cjoneswho1212) July 22, 2020
1.) NOT PAYING MOOKIE BETTS
2.) NOT PAYING MOOKIE BETTS
3.) BUYING LIVERPOOL
4.) NOT PAYING MOOKIE BETTS
5.) NOT PAYING MOOKIE BETTS
5B.) NOT PAYING JON LESTER #SELLTHETEAM
Just remember when you buy your $20 Fenway beer and $17 hot dog that John Henry had no money to sign Mookie Betts— tock (@mlmcclin) July 22, 2020
Adrian Gonzalez: 7 yrs/ 154 mil— Shooter McGavinHouse (@Cully617) July 22, 2020
Pablo Sandoval: 5yrs/ 95 mil
Carl Crawford: 7yrs/ 142 mil
But not 13yr/380mil for Mookie Betts. I hate John Henry so much
The fact that John Henry had the means to give Mookie Betts the same offer that he accepted from the Dodgers and decided to package him away for a salary dump and lesser players just absolutely sickens me— Joey (@jpisaneschi18) July 23, 2020
The Dodgers just signed Mookie Betts until he’s 40, without seeing him play a single game for them. Meanwhile, the Red Sox decided not to spend the money on their best player so John Henry could spend it on Liverpool instead. The Red Sox are worth $3.3 billion. Think about that.— Jesse Colchamiro (@ColchamiroJesse) July 22, 2020