Mookie Betts made headlines away from the baseball diamond in between World Series games. And while that’s an indicator of trouble for some athletes, it only showcased the Red Sox outfielder’s generosity.
Betts helped donate food to Boston’s homeless after the second game of the World Series. Along with friends and members of his family, he delivered food near the Boston Public Library.
Since the news became public, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reached Betts’s mother, Diana Collins, who offered some background:
We had the food catered in after the game, most of the time we do that after a game. Mookie is hungry and we don’t want to sit there and cook so we just had the food catered. However, it was three times as much food as we needed. So we had the food left and we knew everybody was packing up to come to L.A. so now the food is going to spoil.
His dad, they’re both very kind-hearted, so he said, “We have a lot of food left and the right thing to do would be to give it to somebody who doesn’t have it.” So his dad kind of initiated it. And so it went from there. Everybody went out together and we really did it truly as not trying to be seen.
Collins noted that the homeless who were present were initially unsure if the food donation was genuine.
“But I think they felt the genuine kindness from our hearts,” she added.