Jackie Bradley Jr. on Mookie Betts: 'I think he's just ready for his journey'

Nick Friar
February 11, 2020 - 1:14 pm

Only one person on the Red Sox referred to Mookie Betts by his actual first name, Markus. It’s the guy who was to Betts’ right in the outfield and two lockers down in the clubhouse: Jackie Bradley Jr.

But even the Red Sox centerfielder isn’t dwelling on Betts and David Price being dealt to Los Angeles.

“Great teammates, great players. They formed a lot of great bonds with us,” Bradley said. “They will be missed in that regard.

“The good thing about it is, I can still go see them whenever I want. So, I’ll get to hang out with them and shoot the breeze with them.”

Being able to communicate with Betts and Price so easily helps the situation, but this is also something Bradley can’t control. None of the Red Sox players can. Yet, it’s one of those things that’s always a possibility. So they have to adjust quickly.

“Well, time to move forward,” JBJ said when he was asked for his reaction to Betts being traded.
“It’s one of those things that’s part of the business. And, you know, you kind of go with the flow.

“(Betts and I are) like brothers, but sometimes in this game that we play people go on a different course. And that’s OK.

And Bradley believes Betts will go with the flow, as well — not that he has any other choice.

“I, personally, don’t know what he’s feeling inside,” Bradley said. “I mean, I talked with him and things like that. But, I think he’s just ready for his journey. It’ll be a great one for him. And my best to him.”

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