Mookie Betts is going to be mic’d up for the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of the series finale between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on May 7.
The MLBbro has garnered attention as he’s taken on another role for the Dodgers, playing shortstop when called upon.
In six games captaining the infield, Betts has been spotless. He has yet to commit an error in 16 chances and has turned two double plays. Not only that, but his hitting has continued to surge. While playing shortstop, he’s batting .292 (7-for-24) with eight RBI.
Mookie On The Mic
Whether or not Betts starts at short on Sunday, he’s sure to keep the fans entertained. When he was on the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of the series finale between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers last year in September, Betts revealed rapper Nelly makes regular visits to his home at 2 a.m. because “that’s when his day starts”, and the two will play pool together, adding that Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul lives around the block and they have gone bowling but not played basketball against one another.
So if fans aren’t intrigued by the California and NL West rivalry between the Dodgers and Padres, with San Diego trying to shrink the gap in the conference, then perhaps the versatile Betts can bring a spark by talking the talk and walking the walk while mic’d up.
In short, watch to see Fernando Tatis Jr. and Betts square off in a series for the first time in over 500 days, and stay to hear Betts’ insight into the Dodgers’ season, life in Los Angeles, and celebrity interaction. He might even give his pick for the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers Western Conference Semifinals series.
Karl Ravech will be on the call for play-by-play duties, and the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast crew will include analysts David Cone and Eduardo Perez, along with reporter Buster Olney. SportsNet LA will not have its own coverage of the game.
Sunday Night Baseball will additionally be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, with Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Álvarez, Guillermo Celis, and Enrique Rojas providing commentary and analysis.