The Dodgers honored the life and legacy of Los Angeles icon and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on what would have been his 42nd birthday. Tributes poured in all over social media for the Black Mamba and his daughter Gianna, the Mambacita on Sunday. Moreover, the Dodgers organization assembled a moving video narrated by none other than Vin Scully to celebrate the occasion.
After the game, as Dodgers players we able to finally post their love and respect for Kobe, Mookie Betts revealed the final conversation he had with Bryant.
I will see you when I get to LA.
Kobe, Gianna, and seven other passed away in a tragic accident on the morning of January 26, 2020. Notably, Mookie Betts was still with the Boston Red Sox at that time… but it seems that he potentially knew more than all of us did at the time.
The rumors of a Betts trade started swirling early last offseason. The Dodgers at the time were said to be mild players at best. Of course, most know that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman likes to play things close to the vest. Talks began to heat up in the new year and a deal was ultimately agreed upon in principle on February 4th before being finalized on February 10th — 15 days after Kobe passed.
Still, it seems that Mookie may already knew it was happening sometime well before then. Moreover, it seems like one of Betts or Bryant were excited at the possibility of connecting in Los Angeles as dominant faces of two of the major LA sports team.
While Kobe and Mookie never had the chance to be active faces of Los Angeles sports at the same time, the Mamba would undoubtedly be proud to leave the keys to the next LA sports icon to one Markus Lynn Betts of the Dodgers.
Orange County is set to honor Kobe today on August 24th or 8/24, both of the numbers he wore with the Lakers during his career.