PHOENIX — There were no Los Angeles Dodgers fans in the stands Friday to cheer, chant his name or bow out of reverence.
No teammates willing to high-five him, hug him or give him a little dab.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it, but no matter what you care to remember about this year — or totally forget — the night of July 31, 2020, will live in Los Angeles Dodgers infamy.
The Dodgers to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3, but this will be remembered as the night of Mookie Betts’ coming out party.
A week ago, he became the league’s highest-paid player with a 12-year, $365 million contract extension, the richest in baseball history. On Friday night, he showed why he just may be worth every penny and a whole lot more.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s the glove, the bat, the arm,” Dodgers manager Dave Robert said. “I guess that’s why he’s wearing gold out there.”
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