Mookie Betts doesn't fault fellow Los Angeles Dodger Justin Turner for running onto the field and celebrating their World Series win, despite him having just tested positive for COVID-19.
In fact, Mookie reportedly said to "forget" all of that COVID stuff, focusing instead on that Justin is a "part of the team" and doesn't deserve to be excluded.
Mookie is a big supporter of Justin, generally, telling Dodgers Nation in early October how much he grew to love him upon Mookie joining the Dodgers earlier this year.
Once I got here I got to see the kind of person he is, the leader he is, you know he loves to have fun but he’s also that person you could always go talk to about something in the game that you may not understand.
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Mookie's response got mixed reactions from the public.
@billplunkettocr “Forget all that” is hard to do when you know people who have lost family members or are continuin… https://t.co/JyrhCXfsQi— Melissa M. Geisler (@Melissa M. Geisler)1603864559.0
One person brought up the fact that other baseball players missed the entire 2020 season due to COVID concerns.
@whosmrf @billplunkettocr Or his former teammate Eduardo Rodriguez who missed the entire season with a heart condition related to covid— Brian Foley (@Brian Foley)1603865483.0
Others argued that it was fine because everybody probably already had it anyway.
@jessicajbalzer @billplunkettocr He spent 3 + hours with the team after being tested for the 2nd time and played 7… https://t.co/9yLPtnBCaz— Michael Merchain (@Michael Merchain)1603865842.0
But there was an argument to that argument, as well.
@mmerchain @billplunkettocr You realize there were media and other employeesyes that work there that could get it,… https://t.co/9fyItCuAPh— Jess Balzer (@Jess Balzer)1603868745.0