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Mookie Betts’s Comments In-Game Speaks To His Weaknesses



During Tuesday’s Boston Red Sox spring training game the broadcast team implemented a genius move. They mic’d up Boston left fielder Mookie Betts.

Now Betts tends to be perceived as a sort of a weak personality lacking player. So whoever decided to mic him up, great move. But what Betts actually said when trying to field a ball coming his way speaks to who he is deep down.

Now you may say, “Oh wow, he is being so honest”. And you know what, yes, yes he is. But do you actually want your Gold Glove superstar outfielder to say something like that? Or would you rather have him go all out and try and make some sort of incredible play?

If this was any other player saying this I wouldn’t have an issue. But with Mr.Bowling superstar himself, he has a history of not having the makeup of a superstar. Following his MVP runner-up season the left fielder sat down with WEEI’s Rob Bradford and essentially said and I am paraphrasing here, ” I will never have a season like that again”. And sure once again being honest, but following your 23-year-old season what type of superstar says something like that.

For a player that seems more interested in bowling, it truly will be an interesting conversation when he goes in to get the mega-deal he will most certainly get.

Betts is a great player and should get paid, but one thing he and I agree with is he will never be an MVP type of player again.

Again, his words, not mine.

But seriously we need more in-game mics on players, was sort of cool to hear a superstar player broadcast that he gave up on a play well before the play was close to being made.

Update: Commentor believes Mookie Betts is one of the best all-time right fielders. So let us educate by listing a few names that a just a tad better than the one time runner up to MVP.

No particular order:

  1. Hank Aaron,
  2. Roberto Clemente,
  3. Reggie Jackson,
  4. Babe Ruth,
  5. Tony Gwynn
  6. Frank Robinson,
  7. Mel Ott,
  8. Shoeless Joe Jackson,
  9. Al Kaline,
  10. Andre Dawson,
  11. Roger Maris,
  12. Vladimir Guerrero
  13. Dwight Evans,
  14. Harry Hooper,
  15. Dave Winfield
  16. Ichiro Suzuki

Likely others I may have missed and for that, I do apologize. Don’t get me wrong Mookie Betts is a good player, probably the third best right fielder in MLB, but even he wouldn’t be crazy enough to claim any type of all-time list. Who knows maybe over time he will warrant a spot on this list and in the hall of fame. But I am sorry, one season of MVP caliber baseball doesn’t do anything for me.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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  1. Mary Armstrong

    March 28, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    They actually pay you to write this stuff? Did you not see that they were sharding Bryant (Bryant!!!) to pull and he rifled a shot down the line. Betts wasn’t within 30 feet of that ball and there was no chance of making that play. Betts is probably among the top 10 right fielders in history if he didn’t have a chance, there’s no one in baseball that had a chance. I seriously can’t believe they pay you to write for them.

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Connelly Top Ten – Red Sox on Pace for 0-162 / Playoff Hockey



Connelly Top Ten – Red Sox on Pace for 0-162 / Playoff Hockey


1. Red Sox opening day


* Joey Cora has the worst winning % in baseball history

* Hope not an omen for the bullpen

* Chris Sale must be furious to lose that win

* Red Sox payroll most in baseball at $223mm – if you don’t win its embarrassing (over $50mm more than Yankees)

* Baseball didn’t fix this problem 3:00 game time

* Joe Kelly 13 strikes – 16 balls (donate your check to Boys Club)

* How come players always slide head first on an inside the park home run?

* Hanley four plate appearances 493 to go for his option


2. Bruins


* Some great skating in the Tampa – B’s game

* Marchand is a great penalty killer – very Derek Sanderson-esque

* Rask went waffle on a Lightening players head

* Marchand is the best stop and start guy since Sammy Samsonov

* Backes losing the puck is Lucic-esque

* Seven points for the first line

* Tampa more talent – Boston more heart


3. Celtics


*Wednesday night the Celtics beat Utah without 75% of its payroll (Hayward, Horford, Irving, Smart and Morris)

* From SI their 14th double digit comeback of the year

* This game should wrap up Coach of the Year for Stevens

* 5-0 road trip without their two best players

* Jaylen Brown for the first time played like a potential superstar taking over the game


4. Patriots


*Just imagine if this was reversed – NFL experts have now stated that three of the Eagles five touchdowns were improperly called. Add don’t forget that pick play on 4th down to save the game / interference on Hogan on Hail Mary / etc.

*  Shouldn’t the League come out and comment on the calls

*  Shouldn’t official Gene Steratore be censored for the calls he made that were improper

(not to mention that Patriot hater and All Time Eagle Troy Vincent was the highest ranking official in the replay room – things that make me go hmmm)


5. Who would you rather have Horford at $28mm or Sullinger at $2mm?


Horford this year…………$28mm / 12.8 points per game / 8.6 rebounds per game

Sullinger with Celts………$2mm // 11.1   points per game / 7.7 rebounds per game


6. Giacarlo Stanton on pace for 324 home runs


7. Amazing Stats – Kyrie Irving should be All NBA selection this year – hasn’t happened in Boston lately – once in thirty years - last five:


2008 – Kevin Garnett

1988 – Larry Bird

1987 – Larry Bird

1987 – Kevin McHale

1986 – Larry Bird


8. Old School – In 1987-1988 season Jay Miller led the Bruins with 33 fighting majors / This year Adam McQuaid leads the team with 5


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Something you wouldn’t see these days - President Millard Fillmore fought for the Union Army in the Civil War – after his presidency!

10. Randomocity


* Marchand goal totals are inflated by 5 overtime goals skating 3 on 3 / imagine what Orr would have done with 3 on 3 – he would skated around the California Seals for 4:59 and then roofed it from center ice

* Has Steve Lyons gone with the Marsha Washington color and cut look?

* Who is the City Planner who is just letting building after building go up in Kenmore Square and the Seaport with no rhyme or reason?

*Quarterback Lamar Jackson got a 13 on his wonderlic test – maybe he’ll slip to the Patriots

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Connelly Top Ten – I’m Back – So Aren’t the Sox (really don’t care that much)



1.Red Sox Predictions and Thoughts:


* The Hanley watch is on – 497 plate appearances and his $22mm option kicks in for next year (that’s 125 games played)

* You missed your chance to trade Jackie Bradley – hitting .184 in Spring Training

* Who is this Marcus Walden: 13 innings – 15 K – 0.69 ERA – 0.77 WHIP

* Porcello 4.91 ERA in Spring following last year’s 4.65 ERA

* Love the extension for Christian Vazquez

* Here’s hoping Price has a decent year and opts out

* Prediction – Porcello over 4.00 ERA / Steve Wright won’t pinch run / Martinez will fly out to the warning track in right 10 times / Stanton doesn’t hit over 37 home runs for Yankees / 90 wins


2. Patriots


*Patriots offseason trade – Butler, Solder, Lewis, Amendola, 3rd round pick, 5th round pick for Shelton, McCourty, Clayborn, Hill, Tobin, Patterson – so far their defensive line is much better, offensive line worse, backfield the same, defensive backs same

* If Jimmy G was in the draft right now he would be a top three pick – the Patriots got a 43rd pick in exchange for a top three pick / for the 3rd pick – Jets gave their 6th, 37th, 49th, and another second rounder

* Jeremy Hill is in for a culture shock coming from the Bengals (don’t forget about his sucker punch when at LSU)

* Interesting to hear Troy Brown on WEEI saying there is tension between Bill and Tom

* Patriots have the 31st / 43rd / 63rd / 95th / 136th / 159th / 219th picks


3. Celtics


* Brad Stevens wins as the Celtic coach – 25 / 40 / 48 / 53 / 55 (this year’s pace)

* No Irving, Smart, Brown or Hayward – ugh

* What does the eye test tell you on Horford – underachiever - overpaid

* Horford Rankings – Salary - 11th highest paid ($27.7mm) / Scoring - 85th at 12.7 / Rebounding - 28th at 7.5 rpg

* Marcus smart is 155th in three-point shooting at .301


4. Bruins


* Cassidy Coach of the Year – Four of his top five players – Marchand, Bergeron, Krejci Backes – have missed a combined 73 games

* Donato, Hodge, Grahame, and Bourque – Donato the only son better than father

* Record without Bergeron 35-20 .636 / 11-7 without .611

* Backes 29 goals in two years – not bang for the buck

* Does Khudobin get playoff starts?

* Next year – Haynes, Beleskey and Sidenberg count $4mm against the cap

* Crazy stat in the Globe – Brad Marchand hasn’t taken a slap shot yet


5. My thoughts on Yawkey Avenue:


* Qualifier – Yawkey wasn’t the picture of progressiveness – and not being a forward voice in Boston is not what we’re looking for (we are the hub of Abolitionists)

* But whenever you talk about history you must put everything in context (ie. Negro and Colored were accepted terms – someday African American term will be deemed insensitive)

* You don’t have to look any further than the newspaper - that John Henry owns - to see context.       Headlines such as “Japs Surrender” / “Krauts on the Run” / And the N word routinely showed up in the Boston Globe

* Black players – Reggie Smith and George Scott spoke favorably of Mr. Yawkey

* Yawkey is criticized for being the last to integrate (1959) BUT REALLY – so the Tigers 1958 (11 years after Robinson) / Phillies 1957 (10 years) / Yankees 1955 (eight years) – they are all guilty as well

* Before John Henry starts naming himself the beacon of inclusion – anyone look at his hedge fund holdings in the 80’s - South Africa? Gun companies?

* If you had to bet in Vegas – did Cora’s minority status make his naming inevitable?

* If I’m the Yawkey Foundation – if the city pulls the name – I pull all my investments in the city schools and services and take their money to a town that understands the family could have done better but in the totality has made a significant difference


6. NCAA Basketball


*Watched the Villanova vs West Virginia game Friday night – 40 minutes – 48 fouls (a foul every 50 seconds of the game – that’s every other possession): “look at me – I’m an official and need attention.”

* Does TBS really need five people in their studio and a politically correct effort by adding a woman

* How has Duke lost a game this year – their front line – 7’0” / 6’11” / 6’11” / 6’10” / 6’10” (Celtics go 6’11” / 6’10” / 6’10”)


7. Amazing Stats – There were obviously eleven defensive players on the field for the Patriots when Butler intercepted the Seattle pass - How many defensive plays did those eleven play in this year’s Super Bowl? ZERO


8. Old School – After Paul Pierce was given the gift of having his number retired – silly talk about Garnett’s number being retired– who are players that dropped in for a cameo and contributed but don’t deserve their number retired:


·         Keith Foulke

·         Koji Uehara

·         Darrell Revis

·         Charlie Scott

·         Corey Dillon

·         James Posey

·         Paul Silas

·         Bailey Howell


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In March of 1935 – a dog in Japan died named Hachiko. Hachiko was such a devoted dog that he used to meet his owner at the train station at the end of each day. One day the dog’s owner died at work. The dog showed up for that train every day for nine years before dying while waiting for him.


10. Randomocity


* I hate that moment between seeing a pothole and hitting it – recoil city.

* Anything cause goosebumps more than the lyric “and the rockets red glare!”

* Whatever happened to fish sticks?

* Now in Chicago they say the most dangerous place to be is at funerals – there has been a run of shootings at graveyards, funeral homes, and churches – hmmm quite a place.

* 172 firemen that worked on Ground Zero have died since 9/11 – that’s 10 a year

* Watched documentary – The Kill Team on Amazon – yikes you would never enlist after watching this

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Overwatch League: Day 2 Of Stage 2 Playoff Weekend Seoul Gets Upset



It seemed like they had everything going for them.  They had control of their own destiny.  But oh were they mistaken.  A Team called the Outlaws was in their way, and man oh man were we in for a treat last night!  Of course I’m talking about the eSports phenoms in Overwatch League, the Seoul Dynasty.  This is a Team that has so much talent.  Even their “Healers” get “Eliminations”.  Like really these guys have made their mark that in eSports terms they are the equivalent to a great Baseball Team.  Think the New York Yankees… I mean right they have that kind of talent.  Pros who are household names.  Like Munchkin, Tobi, Ryujehong, Kuki, Fleta, and Wekeed. They are just stacked, let me just leave it at that.  But last night they ran into a “Junkrat” named Jake, perhaps the best “Junkrat” player in the League.  And you know what?  They lost!

How do I adequately put this… they got dismantled… they got “PWND”!  It was really a great match and this League is so brutal that any mistakes get blown way out of proportion.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole game.  Just thinking to myself can this really happen to the best Team in the OW League?  What I saw took my breath away.  The Houston Outlaws played great Defense.  And it all started withe the 1st Map:

Houston Outlaws vs Seoul Dynasty: Map 1

The Outlaws came out on fire!  They quickly took the 1st Map Point on Assault.  Then they got 2 ticks on the 2nd Point.  They were so close to getting the final point.  And I have to say I wasn’t sure if they could hold the Dynasty to just 1 point.  They had to play great Defense.  They had to do something that most Teams can’t do against Seoul.

Now it was the Dynasty’s turn to play Offense on Assault.  They fought off the Outlaws and managed to get the 1st Point on Hanamura.  Now the 2nd Point zone was waiting for them.  The Outlaws went with Jake on “Junkrat” and that would set up one of the biggest “holds” in OW League History.  They held the zone with Jake spamming Grenades and Mines.  Time and time again the Outlaws forced the Dynasty to wait for respawns.  Time and time again they got stuffed outside of the building with the scoring zone.  It was incredible!  Mad props go to Linkzr and Muma for the Outlaws.  These guys literally closed the door on the zone. The Dynasty couldn’t even enter the building without getting hit by a huge Gorilla.  Not to mention the “picks”.  There were times when Jake had a “Rip Tire Mine” which zoned out the other Team.  The Outlaws had to “hold” the point zone for over 4 Minutes.  In OWL that’s like an eternity.  The Dynasty could only manage 1 tick.  After 4 Minutes Houston took the Map Win 2-1 as time ran out.  Amazing!

Houston Outlaws vs Seoul Dynasty: Map 2

Map 2 was Control on Nepal and the Outlaws were once again playing aggressively.  Linkzr especially… Jake looked a little too aggressive.  What they faced was all Munchkin on Tracer.  The Dynasty struck back showing their skill at various “Dives”.  They took the 1st Map Point.  Then in the second point zone in the temple the Outlaws did their best with an “anti Dive” composition.  They almost pulled off the reversal on Nepal but couldn’t control the point.  Seoul Dynasty would take the Map 2-0.

Houston Outlaws vs Seoul Dynasty: Map 3

Map 3 was Hybrid on King’s Row.  The Outlaws went first and after they scored the 1st Map Point Jake went out on the “Junkrat”.  Something magical happened just then… The “Junkrat” worked as a perfect “anti Dive” strategy on Hybrid.  It was “as if” it was Stage 1 all over again!  I mean really this is an old “Meta”, something that got “nerfed” at the end of Stage 1 earlier this year.  But hey, don’t tell that to Jake.  The guy had 30 percent of the Outlaws’ Hero Damage against Seoul.  It looked easy for them and they took the Map Win 3-2.

Houston Outlaws vs Soul Dynasty: Map 4

Escort on Gibraltar was the 4th and last Map.  Seoul brought in the big guns,.  Over the commercial break they subbed in Fleta, easily their best player.  The Outlaws went with Jake on Tracer, Linkzr on Widowmaker.  I am not going to lie this was a close one.  But Houston played spectacular and I just have to recall what I said yesterday: “You just can’t under estimate the OutLaws.”  It was just a clinic on “picks”, “eliminations”, and “final blows.”  Houston had, once again, another epic “hold” on Defense that lasted into overtime on the very last Map Point for Seoul.  It was one of the great classics that finished…with everyone watching with their mouths open.  I know that I was shocked at the Map Score 3-2 and at the awesome hold with time running out.  This is one to watch again.  Truly un-scriptable!  Outlaws beat the best [3-1].

With this loss, Seoul Dynasty is virtually knocked out of this weekend’s Stage 2 Playoffs.  Whoa, and I thought a London vs Seoul match up was gunna be good.  On the other matches of the night NY Excelsior beat the Dallas Fuel [3-2] and Boston Uprising beat the San Fransisco Shock [3-2].

Tonight continues the action on and MLG Network.  It starts at 7pm EST Seoul vs Florida, 9pm EST Philadelphia vs LA Valiant, 11pm EST London vs Shanghai.  It’s a very big deal because if Philadelphia wins they get 3rd Place and are in the Playoffs.  If they lose who knows who will be in 3rd place!  GL HF!

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