As Mookie Betts Makes Baseball History in World Series Win, Dodgers Fans Thank the Red Sox

Mookie Betts made baseball history as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to clinch a first World Series title since 1988.

Two years on since being named MVP as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in the Fall Classic, Betts lifted the Commissioner's Trophy for a second time as he helped his new team ending a 32-year wait for a World Series trophy.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Betts is the first player in history to be named MVP and win a World Series title with two different franchises before turning 30.

The Dodgers acquired Betts in February from the Red Sox along with David Price in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong and Jeter Downs, before investing heavily in the four-time All Star in July, when Betts signed a monster 12-year extension worth $365 million—the richest contract in Dodgers history and the third-most lucrative deal in the history of North American sports.

Los Angeles, however, has already reaped dividends. Betts was instrumental throughout the postseason, hitting .296 with nine extra-base hits, eight RBIs, 15 runs scored and six stolen bases on top of a series of eye-catching and game-saving plays in the outfield.

Fittingly, Betts stole the show again in Game 6, scoring the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning before homering in the bottom of the eighth inning to stretch the Dodgers' lead to 3-1.

Mookie Betts is the first player ever to win MVP and a World Series title with 2 different franchises before turning 30 years old.

h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/I4kUpdYgIs

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 28, 2020

Betts had homered in Game 5 of the 2018 World Series and with the home run he crushed off Rays reliever Peter Fairbanks on Tuesday night, he became only the ninth player in MLB history to homer in multiple World Series and only the second after the legendary Reggie Jackson to do so with two different teams.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Betts is also only the third player in MLB history after Lou Brock in 1968 and Lenny Dykstra in 1993 to have at least four stolen bases and multiple home runs in a World Series.

Speaking to the Boston Globe after Game 6, Betts suggested a second World Series title in three years had been at his only focus since he swapped Massachusetts for California eight months ago.

"This time I knew what to expect but my goals, my motives were a little different," he said.

"I was traded for for this reason. I'm proud of myself; proud of the guys for accomplishing it."

Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on October 27. Ronald Martinez/Getty

By adding three-time Gold Glove Award winner and a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner to their roster, the Dodgers found the missing piece of what was already arguably the best team in the MLB.

While Betts emerged as arguably the best player in baseball throughout the postseason, the Red Sox finished bottom of the American League East during the shortened regular season.

The rivalry between the Red Sox and the Dodgers is not anywhere near as intense as the one between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, but nevertheless following the Dodgers' triumph in Game 6, Twitter was awash with reminders of what the Red Sox had lost in the trade.

I wanna thank the city of Boston for Mookie Betts. Good lookin out

— O’Shea Jack(Nichol)son (@OsheaJacksonJr) October 28, 2020

Ok, you won, LA. Trade Mookie back now.

— Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) October 28, 2020

Red Sox fans watching Mookie win a ring in LA 😂 #Dodgers #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/P9DTYGp1J7

— Whistle (@WhistleSports) October 28, 2020

"THEY'RE TWEETING STUFF AT US ABOUT MOOKIE AGAIN... RELEASE ALL OF THE HOUNDS." pic.twitter.com/I9h4gcZmk5

— Red (@SurvivingGrady) October 28, 2020

Mookie Betts humiliating craven payroll optimizers and squinting over-managers in one brilliant performance. We love to see it.

— Tom Ley (@ToLey88) October 28, 2020

It is worth reminding that some argued the Red Sox's decision to trade Betts was a sensible, if difficult move.

With Betts almost certain to test free agency at the end of this season, Boston opted to get what it could for its star instead of running the risk of losing him for free.

From a financial standpoint, the trade brought the Red Sox's payroll below $180 million, welcome news for an organization that had exceeded the competitive balance tax threshold in the last two years as per Cot's Contracts.

On the other hand, trading a transcendent talent like Betts could haunt the Red Sox for years to come. Boston, of all cities, knows all too well the impact of parting ways with baseball stars in their prime.