Mookie Betts is one of the most exciting players in all major leagues, without a doubt: He was already awarded how MVP of the American League, won a World Series, multiple appointments to the All-Star, Golden Gloves, Silver Bats, etc.
However, not everything has been easy for Betts on his way to MLB, mainly in his rookie season. Betts spoke with Alex Speier of The Boston Globe for his new book, "Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up," where he recounts how Red Sox veterans were quite tough on a rookie Mookie when he arrived at the Boston clubhouse for the first time in 2014, how rookie.
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Speier relates that Betts despite not being greeted with "hype and saucer" by Red Sox veterans and newly World Series champions like Jon Lester and John Lackey, were quite cold with him. However, things began to change as more players were called from the minor leagues that season, with veterans becoming more conflictive and territorial.
Betts says that one day veterans got mad at him because he took a close friend to show him the clubhouse before a game, with the highest-ranking players letting him know the hard way.
There was another occasion that Betts arrived early at the Astros stadium for a game against them to take batting practices. With a lot of time ahead, Mookie decided to take a nap in an armchair, which the veterans did not take well; They woke him up and accused him with the then manager, John Pharrell, who explained to him the unwritten rules that were in that dressing room and that the experienced baseball players sent there.