Michael Chavis on Mookie Betts: 'He took me under his wing'

Nick Friar
February 10, 2020 - 1:27 pm

Although he doesn’t want to play general manager, Michael Chavis has no problem saying he will miss what Mookie Betts and David Price provided the Red Sox on the field. But, much like the rest of his teammates, Chavis will miss both Betts and Price’s presence in the clubhouse. He had his own unique relationship with each of them — though both played similar roles, helping Chavis get acclimated to the organization. 

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“DP was actually the first big leaguer to ever reach out to me as a minor leaguer,” Chavis said. “So, just losing him and his personality and my personal connection to him was really sad, as well.”

Being a fellow position player, Chavis worked with Betts more than Price. Although both had an impact on the 2019 rookie, Betts taught Chavis quite a bit about life as a Major League Baseball player.

“He’s one of the first people who reached out to me and helped me become comfortable,” Chavis said. “He took me under his wing, honestly. No doubt about it. He did a lot to make me comfortable from the day-to-day aspect, but also (toward) growing as a player.

“One of the things that stands out to me is he talked to me about my first couple interviews in the big leagues. And, obviously, I’d done interviews before. But, being in the big leagues, looking back at it, I was talking a million miles a minute. And I talk fast already. So he came up to me and was like, ‘Bro, you don’t got to speed through the interview. They’re not going to attack you. Just take your time.’ But, just the day-to-day aspect, stuff like that. He took me under his wing. He helped me a lot.”