Mookie Betts, JD Martinez, don't like the HR derby
There are some things that you might want to happen that probably won't happen.
For example, the chances of winning the lottery are very low, as are the chances of marrying a supermodel but hey, life goes on, right? So get ready for something that sounds a little more realistic than those two that won't end up happening.
Mookie Betts recently said he would never partake in the home run derby, according to the Boston Globe. He added that he never even tries to hit home runs in batting practice.
So that's good to know. Mookie has the same logic as me here: he thinks partaking in the home run derby kind of messes up a guy's swing and can lead to a second half slump, I assume.
That's good. It's good that he's being cautious. Why should he risk anything that he doesn't need to? You could pull a muscle when swinging for the fences. Try swinging a bat as hard as you can a bunch of times in a short span. It's exhausting.
Oh, and JD Martinez said the same thing, according to ESPN, except his logic was different. He was mad that he didn't get picked in 2015 when he had 25 home runs at the All-Star break. So yeah, that bitterness is a good thing.
These are two MVP candidates. They should be wrapped in bubble wrap when they're not playing baseball. Plus, the Red Sox are paying JD big money, so they shouldn't have to share him. The Red Sox bought that chicken cutlet sub, so they don't have to share with anyone.
The biggest takeaway from this though is that the Red Sox have two guys who are good enough to compete in the home run derby after finishing dead last in dingers last year. That's progress and it's awesome.