Before leading off the third inning of Game 3, Mookie Betts exchanged handshakes and smiles with two Houston players. Lower those eyebrows. The Red Sox star was greeting Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul of the Rockets, not his Astros opponents.
Anthony and Paul were in attendance for the third American League Championship Series matchup between the Red Sox and Astros. Fellow Rockets star James Harden sat a few seats away next to owner Tilman Fertitta behind home plate.
“Watching a big time game right here, man,” Paul said in a Twitter video. “Go ‘Stros. Go ‘Stros.”
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— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) October 16, 2018
Betts and the Red Sox hope to inflict upon the Astros the same fate that befell the Rockets last season, who lost in the conference finals to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.
The Rockets open their 2018-19 NBA campaign against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.