Betts bowling through the winter

Posted on Dec 6 2015 - 9:03am by Tyler Scionti

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Hey remember how Mookie Betts is reeeeaaaaallllyyyyy good at bowling?

Well once the offseason begins the speedy outfielder hits the lanes to practice his craft once again.

“Once baseball season ends, I come home and my mom can beat me in bowling for about two weeks” Betts said. “Then once I get two weeks of practice in, she can’t hang with me anymore. As long as I can beat my mom it’s all good.”

Betts has been participating in a tourney which began Saturday and will continue all this week until Dec. 12. We all know Betts was a standout baseball star in High School (duh) but he was also an excellent bowler and had a future in that sport as well. In fact he was named the Tennessean Bowler of the Year in 2010.

Alas, bowling was not in the cards for Mookie who chose to follow his love for baseball, and we’re glad he did. He hit .291 with 18 homers and 77 RBIs in his first full season in the bigs… at 22 years old. Needless to say, it’s obvious that Mookie is a legit super-star in the making, and possibly a perennial MVP candidate.

Betts will always find time for his second passion though as he hopes to maintain his prowess in the lanes.

“I’m pretty close to being as good as I was before I started playing pro ball” Betts said. “I’m about as good as I’m going to get right now. I just need more practice. My focus is in so many different places with having to get ready for my profession. Even though we’re not in season, I’m still lifting weights and hitting and all of those different kinds of things.”

After this tourney though the real challenge begins as Betts will enter the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling in Reno Nevada where he will compete with 200 of the best bowlers in the world, the finals will be televised on ESPN on Dec. 17 so let’s hope Betts makes it!

 
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