Former Red Sox star Mookie Bates put on a show in Game 1 of the World Series. The Dodgers outfielder hit a home run and stole two bases, giving his team an 8–3 win over Ray.
After Tuesday’s game, Alex Rodríguez and David Ortiz, who are both Fox’s pre- and post-game shows, discussed Bates’ performance and why the Red Sox didn’t make a better effort to keep the star.
“You’re Mr. Red Sock, why did you make this guy Mookie Bates?” Rodriguez asked Ortiz.
“I wasn’t a GM,” Ortiz responded with a laugh. “I would have paid some of my salary to sign him.
“This is what it is,” Ortiz added with a shrug. “Dodgers, enjoy mukki!”
– Fox Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 21, 2020
In January, Ortiz said that the Red Sox should trade sons because the team was not going to give him the money he deserved.
“Here’s the thing, though, my boy Mukki is at the stage of his career where he has to get what he wants,” Ortiz Told Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston in January. “Red Sox, we have too much payroll, and I don’t think our bosses want to go through that past.
Ortiz later said, “I can talk to you about Mookie forever, but the reality is that business-wise, this is his last year (under contract).” “And you know the game that teams like to play with a guy like that – I trade him, I’ll get young talent, you’ll get whatever you want with Mukki. Unfortunately, it’s a baseball business.”
The Red Sox allegedly offered Bates an extension of a 10-year, $ 300 million contract that Bates did not sign. He was traded to the Dodgers, along with atomizer David Price, outfitter Alex Verdugo, shortstop Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong.
Bates agreed to extend a $ 365 million contract for 12 years before the regular season began in July.
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