The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a fierce fight with the San Francisco Giants for the divisional title and trying to avoid all cost the dreaded life and death game of the National League Wild Card. The truth is that in this final stretch of MLB, there is little room for error, but even, but even someone so focused Like Mookie Betts, he has time to be considerate and good to the fans.
After Cincinnati Reds rookie TJ Friedl hit his first career hit with a home run off Tony Gonsolin, Mookie offered the fan who caught the ball a trade to give to the rookie in exchange for a signed bat. and as mentioned by Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue, during the exchange of words with the fan he remembered a great advice that the late Kobe Bryant, legend of the Los Angeles Lakers, gave him.
I only asked the fan for the ball. It was all in sign language. I asked for it and he gave it immediately. Those kinds of interactions stay with you, it reminds me of one of the last times I was able to talk to Kobe Bryant, it reminded me that when the game is over, someone will know who you are and will recognize you, obviously we do it with our game, but it’s different impact someone’s life in another way.
Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts met and developed a friendship in the last years of his life after both athletes were sponsored by the sports drink, Body Armor, where they participated together in the filming of commercials and lived together several times on set and out of this.