Playing nine innings while wondering if the boos are still ringing in Rob Manfred’s ears …
1. Those Mookie Betts-doesn’t-perform-in-the-playoffs narratives were always disingenuous if not downright dumb. Now they’re dead. In winning his second World Series title in three years, Betts slashed .296/.378/.493 in 18 games this postseason. His sixth-inning double was a pivotal hit in the go-ahead rally in Game 6, and his home run in the eighth inning was the exclamation point.
He was the run-saving defensive star of at least two games – which, of course, matters immensely, because those old narratives were always so tied up in batting average, ignoring the various other ways he impacted games. He was the tone-setting all-around star of Game 1, with a homer, two steals, a savvy baserunning decision, and that brilliant defense.
The Dodgers seem to appreciate what they have, don’t they? Manager Dave Roberts called the trade for him “a steal,” and if Dave Roberts knows anything, it’s steals.