Red Sox OF Betts to become two-sport pro — via bowling
Quick, name something Mookie Betts isn’t good at.
If you guessed bowling, you’d be wrong. Very wrong.
In fact, the Boston Red Sox outfielder will be participating in a Professional Bowlers Association event in December.
#RedSox OF Mookie Betts has been entered in the Professional Bowlers Association event in Reno Dec. 7-19.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 6, 2015
Yes, that same Mookie Betts that hit .291 with 18 homers this season and is known for doing things like this:
To be sure, this isn’t a marketing or publicity stunt. Betts is a legitimately good bowler. According to NESN, he competed at a high level in high school, despite not practicing because of his time devoted to baseball:
"Betts’ family apparently used to bowl all the time — his mom’s side versus his dad’s side — and the John Overton High School graduate excelled at the sport as a result. According to Betts, he finished second in (the Tennessee) states in high school."
There hasn’t been two-sport pro in baseball since Drew Henson back in the early 2000s, so it’s good to see Betts changing that.