Mookie Betts thought he was showing up to his old alma mater for a photoshoot. That would have made sense given the fact that the Nashville product was fresh off of a World Series win with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Instead, John Overton High School surprised Mookie with so much more. The city ‘showed up’ to honor Mookie and to make November 12th officially Mookie Betts Day in Nashville. The Mayor of the city was there to award the day to the Dodgers All-Star outfielder, and there was even a band present to welcome him to his old high school.
I’m not sure what the requirements are to have a day named after you in your hometown, but Mookie has certainly reached that status. Betts just won his second World Series at just 28 years old and already has 4 Silver Sluggers and 5 Gold Glove awards to his name. He won one of each in his first year with the Dodgers in 2020.
Mookie was just as thankful as you would imagine a star of his caliber would be.
It means everything. I’m not exactly sure what it entails, but there’s only one way to find out. Maybe I should go to some restaurants and say, ‘this is my day’ and see if I can get some food or something. But it’s super special. Not a lot of people get this opportunity. I’m very appreciative.
The good news for Mookie is that every day is Mookie Betts Day in Los Angeles. I doubt the Dodgers outfielder could go anywhere without someone offering to buy his meal once this pandemic is over. Congratulations to Betts on the honor though, he is very much deserving of it.