It was an otherwise quiet Tuesday. Though the countdown to the start of spring training was mercifully, finally, down to single digits, as has been the norm throughout this off-season, Dodgers fans were feeling restless. Several baseball writers’ tweets over the last week continued to tease us into imagining a world where Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger roamed the same outfield at Dodger Stadium, while both wearing Dodger Blue. It just seemed to good to even be possible.
I consider myself a fairly patient #Dodgers fan, but FOR THE LOVE OF (BASEBALL) GOD(S), BRING US MOOKIE!
— Gail Johnson (@GJOH29) February 4, 2020
The afternoon and evening stretched long in front of us, with the Twitter timeline all but guaranteed to be filled with State of the Union content after 9pm EST. And then, things turned quickly, and in the blink of an eye, the Dodgers otherwise sleepy off-season came alive. There is still much info to digest after the events of Tuesday night, but for now, let’s take a look at some of the best social media reactions across baseball after one of its biggest blockbuster trades in recent memory.
BREAKING: The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox that would send star outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Dodgers, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Deal is pending medical reviews.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 5, 2020
Walker Buehler is all of us:
— Walker Buehler (@buehlersdayoff) February 5, 2020
Even NL MVP Cody Bellinger can’t help but imagine the possibilities with this new lineup.
— Cody Bellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) February 5, 2020
While understandably, Red Sox players and many of their fans aren’t quite feeling as jovial.
— J.D. Martinez (@JDMartinez28) February 5, 2020
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Info continued to pour in throughout the afternoon/evening, at such a furious pace it was hard to keep up and separate fact from speculation. A third mystery team? Joc to the Angels? We lost Kenta? Who is Luis Rengifo? By the end of the night, the chess moves pulled off by Andrew Friedman proved to be astounding, with the hint of more to come. In the meantime, it still seems like a dream.
— Blue Heaven (@BlueHeavenPod) February 5, 2020
me waking up realizing that this isn’t a dream and mookie betts is actually a dodger pic.twitter.com/WrI0Z0tjbI
— Brandon Gutierrez (@gutibg17) February 5, 2020
I hate to see Joc, Ross, and Kenta go, but there are some silver linings:
– Kenta gets a starting role in a good rotation
– Joc gets to stay in SoCal
– donut burgers
– Ross can shine in that Angels rotation as a top guy. He deserves it.
– THE DODGERS GOT MOOKIE BETTS
— Lindsay Adams (@LAtweets22) February 5, 2020
Once all is finalized and the deals are officially announced, I expect that we will hear a lot more from the players on this tight-knit group who are gaining a superstar but still losing three valued teammates. In the meantime, social media continues to be a gold mine.
Soak it all up, Dodgers fans! We deserve this.