The story behind Mookie Betts' late-night food delivery to Boston's homeless

Rob Bradford
October 26, 2018 - 6:16 am

LOS ANGELES -- It hasn't been difficult to see the impact Mookie Betts has had as a member of the Red Sox.

Now comes a story that might take the appreciation for the outfielder to a new level.

Mike Winter, a VIP host for area clubs, was just coming out of "Storyville" at about 1:45 a.m. -- a few hours after the Red Sox' locked up Game 2 of the World Series -- when he saw two men in hoodies executing a unique show of good faith. The pair had about 10 trays of food in a shopping cart which they were distributing to the line of homeless folks who were lined up along Boston Public Library.

As Winter got closer he recognized one of the men: Betts.

"I didn’t know who they were at first. They had hoodies on," said Winter, who later came to understand the other man was Betts' cousin. "Next thing I know they are laying out trays of food. Then they’re walking around all of Boston library where there are tons of homeless and telling people there is food around the corner. I walked up and I said, ‘Hello,’ because we have a mutual friend and then all the people from the club came out and he just walked away. No pictures. No nothing. None of the homeless even knew who he was but they were just grateful for what he was doing."

Winter watched in amazement as the homeless unpacked the trays of steak tips and chicken, with some turning around and offering the food to some of the inebriated patrons who were exiting the bar.

"They were flabbergasted," he said. "You see a lot of celebrities do stuff for recognition but the fact was he was trying to stay totally on the down-low. He wasn’t out looking for any recognition all. A lot of people are looking for a pat on the back and he wasn’t looking for that whatsoever. He was incognito just trying to do good.

"Nowadays people do stuff because they want recognition. He didn’t even want recognition. He wasn’t being followed by cameras like people do on Instagram. This is just him being himself."