Believe it or not, that was Betts’ first walk-off hit as a member of the Dodgers. That’s right. his first in 241 games since coming over from the Boston Red Sox in that blockbuster trade.
Was it underwhelming? Sure. But it got the job done and helped the Dodgers avoid embarrassment yet again to their inferior division rival.
In the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and nobody out, Betts bounced one over the pitcher’s head and into a cavalcade of Rockies infielders, all of whom were crowded together in an attempt to get the force at home.
But Betts’ hit was far too slow for them to make a play, and when all the infielders converged right behind the mound, it was chaos. The run scored, Betts reached first base safely, and the Dodgers took home the win.
That’s a sweep of the Rockies heading into a stretch of nine games against the Cubs, Cardinals and Angels before the All-Star break.
Mookie Betts’ first career walk off as a Dodger resulted in a cool celebration
Betts’ anticlimactic hit wasn’t even the biggest part of the story! His celebration with the Sportsnet LA crew once he returned to the dugout was more headline-worthy.
Juan Dorado and Kirsten Watson shared a moment with Betts that was full of pre-meditated daps the group had clearly been practicing. Very fun and cool.
Watson even quote-tweeted this and joined in on the jovial commentary.
Betts hasn’t wasted any time returning to form after his stint on the injured list that lasted from June 16 until July 2. Over his last four games, he’s 5-for-16 with three runs scored, two doubles, a homer, three RBI and two walks. Thankfully, his lone hit on Wednesday brought home a dub.
Because, man, if the Dodgers failed to sweep the Rockies, who had just one hit and five baserunners after nine full innings, Twitter would’ve been an unpleasant place this morning.