Monday, April 13, 2015

Mookie-Palooza At Fenway; Red Sox Romp, 9-4

(Steven Senne, AP)
The Moooooooookie Chants have already begun. Mookie Betts pretty much single-handedly took over Opening Day at Fenway today—dominating in virtually every phase of the game. First, he robbed Bryce Harper of a home run by making a leaping catch at the center-field fence. Then, after walking, he stole second, recognized third base was un-manned due to The Papi Shift, and stole third. He later scored. Then, just to make sure you'd notice, he clocked a three-run HR his next time up. This kid is for real—and perhaps the most exciting pure athlete on the Red Sox since Ellis Burks. Other guys participated in today's 9-4 win over the Nationals (David Ortiz homered and Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings), but this was Mookie Coming Out Day in Boston. All hail!