When Mookie Betts arrived to the Dodgers, he made an immediate impact and impression on the team. It was reported that on day one in camp, Mookie stood up in front of the team and challenged them all to more. While it seems like most of the veteran players received it well, former Boston and current Los Angeles teammate Joe Kelly wanted to poke some holes in it.
Apparently, Joe felt like his new Dodgers teammate went a little too hard on everyone.
For Mookie it was a big thing. Me and DP [David Price] were looking at each other like — it was good. It was meant to go the right way, honestly. … He speaks well, but then when he has to plan something and speak in front of people he wasn’t too comfortable with, I think he was getting ahead of himself. The meaning behind what he was saying was I think spot on, but I think the way he was saying it was kind of tough.
The initial reception from the players seemed to be positive. Most guys in the clubhouse were surprised that Mookie took such a strong stance on day one, but it seemed to be good. Kelly thinks that Betts might have gotten little further with Dodgers players had he been nicer about it.
The veteran reliever went on to elaborate a little bit on the response.
It was very well accepted. If he would have said it a little bit nicer or articulated it a little bit better, it would have come off stronger.
Whatever the case, the Dodgers are lucky to have a leader like Mookie and will no doubt be better with him when baseball gets going this year.