Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts on D&C: 'I'll just fill into my role'

February 27, 2015 - 4:40 am
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Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts stopped by the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning to talk about the upcoming season. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Up until last season when he made his debut with Boston, Betts had spent almost all of his time in the middle infield. He was needed in the outfield with the Red Sox, though, and so that's where he went. However, the Sox since have added to their outfield depth, making his spot on the big league club no sure thing. "I feel as if I'm just getting ready for the season," Betts said. "Whether it's in the big leagues, Triple-A, Double-A, wherever it is, I'm just getting ready for the season and not really focusing so much on making the big league team, just really just getting ready." And he's willing to fill whatever role the team may need him in. "Whatever [manager John] Farrell and [general manager Ben] Cherington, whatever they do is what's going to be best for the Red Sox," Betts said. "And if that's me sitting and watching, that's perfectly fine and I'll just fill into my role." Betts hasn't played a full season in the majors yet, but he said he's learned a lot from his experience with the Red Sox, namely that much of succeeding in the game is mental. "I know that it's a long season," he said, "and your body kind of wears down after a while, but when your body starts to wear down it's important to become mentally strong, push your way all the way through until the end." Not everyone loves filling the leadoff spot in the lineup, but for Betts, it's something that "gets him going." "I like taking pitches and letting everybody see, seeing everybody know what [the pitcher's] got and how he's going that day," he said. "It's also good to be in front of the guys who know how to thunder an at-bat and I can score from first, I don't have to worry about stealing a whole bunch of bases and things." And though Betts is part of a large corps competing for a spot in the lineup, the 22-year-old said that doesn't affect the way he gets along with his fellow outfielders, including Shane Victorino. "Me and him, we talk pretty much every day because we all do our outfield work together and I've talked to him about a whole bunch of stuff," he said. "I think we're both looking at it as we're just getting ready for the season and competing, not against each other, but the other team and whoever's playing that day or whoever's playing in general."

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