ARLINGTON, Texas – Globe Life Field was built to host Texas Rangers games, but in this pandemic-addled season, the $1.1 billion stadium has taken on a different meaning as these playoffs go on.
Just call it The House Built For Mookie.
A small patch of grass in right field has turned into Mookie Betts’ personal playground, as the Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder came up with another astounding catch for a third consecutive game in this National League Championship Series.
In Sunday night’s Game 7, he went back on a Freddie Freeman fly ball, gathered himself momentarily at the base of the 8-foot fence, reached over and pulled back a sure home run that would have given the Atlanta Braves a 4-2, fifth-inning lead.
That was merely chapter three.
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The series turned on his shoestring grab of a sinking line drive in Friday’s Game 5, a startling catch that resulted in a double play and prevented the Braves from extending their lead to 3-0. The Dodgers won 7-3 to stay alive.
Saturday’s chapter was a crazy-legged sprint back to the wall on a Marcell Ozuna line drive, which he snared near the top of the wall to prevent an RBI double, and who knows how much more.
The Dodgers won 3-0.
It is often his offensive exploits that are often celebrated, and what largely compelled the Dodgers to trade for him and sign him to a $365 million contract.
In this NLCS, a nationwide audience has had good reason – three good reasons – to appreciate Betts’ all-around brilliance.
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