From the moment that it was announced that Mookie Betts would be coming to the Dodgers, fans were enamored by the all-star right fielder. David Price let us know what an amazing teammate Mookie has been but until Los Angeles saw him on the field and with his teammates, fans weren’t as aware as we are now.
In almost every interview, Betts has shown that he prefers to speak more about his teammates than himself. With high praise for everyone around him, he’s proven to be not just a team player but another level of positivity in the clubhouse.
Ahead of LA’s 15-3 pounding of the Braves, Mookie was asked about teammate Justin Turner and what he knew about the clubhouse leader of the Dodgers.
I didn’t know much about JT other than I know he’s a really good player – can swing it really well, he can pick it as well on defense. Like I said, didn’t know him much outside of that. Then once I got here I got to see the kind of person he is, the leader he is, you know he loves to have fun but he’s also that person you could always go talk to about something in the game that you may not understand.
There has never been a doubt about the intrinsic qualities Justin brings to the team, but now in his 7th year with the ballclub he grew up rooting for, perhaps his greatest quality is that leadership in the locker room and on the field.
You know he’s been around for a long time so he’s been through a lot and so it’s great to have someone like that in the clubhouse, a leader like that in the clubhouse, a presence in the three-hole as well – getting hits and keeping the line moving. He’s done an amazing job on everything and you know, I love him.
That’s brotherhood right there!
Moreover, this is a look into the strength of the Dodgers and their clubhouse. The people that make up the team are so good that the new guy can come over, sign a 12-year extension, and even say that he loves a teammate in less than 10 months is pretty mindblowing, all things considered.
JT and Mookie continue their quest for a ring tonight in Arlington.