Mookie Betts grew up into one of baseball’s top superstars, and Boston had a front-row seat for the whole thing.
An 18-year-old when the Red Sox drafted him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, Betts became a dynamic talent and one of the best all-around players in the game during his six seasons in Boston before being shipped out Tuesday to the Dodgers. One of the most exciting players in the sport, Betts developed into an MVP in 2018, and capable of a memorable performance or play on any given night, whether it was at the top of the order, in right field or on the basepaths.
It was a fun ride, but shorter than most fans hoped. Take a trip down memory lane with a timeline and highlights of Betts’ Red Sox career:
June 29, 2014: An anticipated debut
Betts fast-tracked through the minors in 2014, blowing through Double-A and Triple-A in short order. At first an infielder, the organization transitioned him to the outfield in anticipation of his inevitable next step to the majors, and the hype grew louder.
The Red Sox called him up on June 28, setting the stage for an anticipated major-league debut the next day, on “Sunday Night Baseball” against the Yankees at Yankee…