Make no doubt about it, Mookie Betts is one of the class acts in baseball.
In the sixth inning of Sunday’s Dodgers game against the Reds at Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati’s TJ Friedl hit a pinch-hit home run for his first big-league hit.
Obviously, a player’s first hit is a special one and Betts flagged down the fan who caught the ball and got him toss it back so Friedl could have it as a keepsake.
But Betts made sure to get the fan back for giving up the souvenir.
The following inning, the Dodgers All-Star ran out to right field and flagged the fan down again, giving him an autographed baseball bat.
Betts said he originally tried to convey to the fan he’d get him another ball, but decided to do one better with the autographed bat.
“I said I’ll throw you another ball, but that’s his first home run, can you throw it back?” Betts told reporters after the game. “He didn’t hesitate. He threw it right back. I think at that point, I was going to throw him a ball, bubtu I thought about getting him a bat instead, maybe as something to be remembered a little more.”
Friedl was also appreciative of what Betts did for him.
“That’s just first class. It’s incredible,” the Reds rookie said. “For him to do something like that, it’s definitely just world class out of him. I want to go over there and just say thank you in person. Thank you is all I can really say because it means so much. Just to get that ballback, for it to bemy first home run, just for him to know that and turn around to the fan.”