Dodgers Star Mookie Betts Waited 15 Years for an Important Personal Decision
Patience is a big virtue in life. The ability to wait without agitation is an admirable quality, and LA Dodgers star Mookie Betts has seemingly mastered the art of patience.
The past year has been tough for many people due to COVID-19, but Betts is one person who has had some success, both in his professional and personal life.
Mookie Betts helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series
The Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 World Series for Mookie Betts’ second World Series title. He won his first one with the Boston Red Sox.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 MLB season was only 60 games. Betts hit .292 and drove in 39 runs for the Dodgers. He blasted 16 home runs after signing a monster 12-year, $365 million extension. Betts thought he would spend his entire MLB career with the Red Sox, but the Beantown franchise traded him to the Dodgers on February 10, 2020. Against the Rays in the World Series, Betts hit .269, two home runs, and finished with three runs batted in.
Betts never wanted the Red Sox to trade him. During the World Series, he told former teammate, David Ortiz, that he thought he would retire with the Red Sox.
“I had initially thought that I was gonna be a Red Sock for life,” Betts told Ortiz. “But, you know what, God always has a plan for things, and I’m just kind of following what he tells me to do. Winning your first one is like the best thing ever. The trade happened, (and) the reason for bringing me here was to help put us over the edge. And if I’m able to help do that, it’s like I conquered my goals. I feel amazing about bringing a ring back to LA.”
Mookie Betts is happy to be part of the Dodgers organization. He helped Clayton Kershaw get his first World Series championship and delivered the city of LA its second championship of the year, as LeBron James and the LA Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals.
The 28-year-old also won off the field after the Dodgers became the best team in the MLB.
Mookie Bets got engaged to his girlfriend of 15 years
Mookie Betts proposed to his girlfriend of 15 years recently. It’s incredible the superstar outfielder waited that long to pop the question, but all of Dodger nation is happy for Betts and Brianna Hammonds.
“Brianna has been by my side since we were teenagers,” Betts told PEOPLE. “Together we’ve grown mentally, physically, and spiritually. She is my best friend, mother of my child, my lover, and my soon-to-be wife. Winning another World Series was great, but putting a ring on my MVP is the real blessing! I am a blessed man.”
Hammonds and Betts met in middle school. The couple shares one child together, a daughter. Betts proposed to Hammonds in Nashville, Tennessee, the place he was born and raised.
It’s unknown why Mookie Betts waited 15 years to propose. However, as we mentioned above, patience is something the four-time All-Star has a lot of.
Former MVP has won a World Series with two storied franchises
To win a World Series with the Red Sox and Dodgers is pretty special since they are two legendary baseball franchises. Mookie Betts, who has already carved out a Hall of Fame career by winning an MVP, a batting title, and two titles, will be able to tell his grandchildren he was part of two historic teams during his playing career.
Entering the 2021 MLB season, Betts is a career .301 hitter with 155 home runs and 509 runs batted in.
Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.