To get Mookie Betts in a Dodgers uniform, Los Angeles had to make sacrifices. One of those sacrifices was young star, Alex Verdugo. The kid is thriving in Boston, but he’s also tired of being compared to Mookie Betts.
Speaking with media following a huge performance, Alex Verdugo was candid in his thoughts on Mookie Betts. He kept it simple, noting that Mookie is with the Dodgers and he’s now with Boston. Verdugo reiterated that him and Mookie were a part of the same trade, but that shouldn’t hold him to a certain standard.
I don’t think about Mookie. I think he’s a great player, he did a lot for Boston, he’s going to do a lot for the Dodgers. I think about me being here, and what I’m going to do, and what I’m going to bring to this team. It’s not a comparable thing, I don’t like comparing it, I don’t like it when people bring it up. But obviously the nature of the trade, it’s going to happen, people are going to say it…I don’t care about shoes to fill or anything like that.
The Dodgers landed Mookie Betts back in February in a blockbuster deal that broke hearts in Boston. Fans were incredibly sad to see their star go, and that hurt only grew when he signed a 12-year extension to stay in Los Angeles. But for Alex Verdugo, he wants fans to recognize him for being him. Not for being the guy that the Red Sox shipped out Mookie for.
It’s one of those things I think it’s weird that so many media or fans everybody wants to bring it up like it’s such a big deal. To me, I don’t think of it like that. Like I said, he’s not here. I’m not replacing him. Like yeah I was part of the trade…I don’t think about it.
The Dodgers sent Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong to Boston to get Mookie Betts and David Price. Take it from me Boston fans, appreciate the young talent that you have in front of you. Alex Verdugo is going to be bringing you big moments for a long time.