Current and Ex-Dodgers partying at Mookie Betts’ wedding will hit you hard
By Adam Weinrib
End of an era? And not just for Dodgers star Mookie Betts’ single life.
The champion right fielder tied the knot this past weekend with his high school sweetheart Brianna Hammonds (they’ve been together for 15 years!), and did so in style, by the ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Not only were the 29-year-old’s friends and family by his side for the special occasion, but Betts went above and beyond to include his teammates and their families in the festivities.
Even some teammates who won’t be around much longer.
Based on the footage we’ve seen, Betts’ wedding served as essentially a “2020 World Series Champions” reunion about 20 or 30 years before that type of thing is supposed to make us emotional.
Like … wait, aren’t all those guys still on the Dodgers? Weren’t we just talking repeat? How does time move both so slowly and so quickly?
Mookie Betts’ wedding was a who’s who of Dodgers stars.
At least Chris Taylor decided, right after this weekend ended, to re-up in Hollywood for the long haul. He’ll be a Dodger for the remainder of his baseball prime. Some of these other familiar faces, shown in Justin Turner’s wife Kourtney’s Instagram? This was the beginning of a long goodbye.
While we didn’t see Corey Seager (surprising) or Max Scherzer (duh) on the premises — as well as New Dad Cody Bellinger, who likely was preoccupied — Taylor and Turner balled out with Kenley Jansen and Joe Kelly, who will certainly be missed if their time in LA has come to a close.
Just ahead of Taylor getting the literal bag from Andrew Friedman, he and his (former, but eternal) teammates gathered together to get covered by falling money. Jansen and Kelly would only be so lucky for that cash to be legitimate.
Will Kenley Jansen and Joe Kelly leave the Dodgers?
The latest on Jansen is particularly devastating; according to post-lockout sources, it’s far more likely he won’t be back than that a return is pending. Coming off a five-year, $80 million contract in LA, the aging closer has one more pay day left in his right arm. Though it won’t approach that total, it’s still apparently a bridge too far for the Dodgers to go.
As for Kelly? The 33-year-old’s 12-million club option has been (expectedly) declined, and he’ll rehab his injury on a stricter budget next year, either in Los Angeles or elsewhere.
If Andrew Friedman’s looking to re-inject life into the party, he could do worse than these two. Betts’ wedding might just be their final go ’round by Turner and Taylor’s side, though.