Mookie as in Blaylock, not Wilson

June, 28, 2014
NEW YORK -- "I think it was a little before my time," Mookie Betts said, "but I'm aware of it."

Betts was born in 1992, six years after a slow roller by Mookie Wilson slipped between the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

No, he clarified again Saturday, he was not named after that Mookie.

"My parents were watching Mookie Blaylock," the Red Sox rookie said, invoking the name of the former NBA point guard who played for the Nets, Hawks, and Warriors.

Betts said his mother, father and fiancée were all present on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, hoping to see him make his major league debut.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter,



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