Last night the Boston Red Sox celebrated the 1975 AL Champion Red Sox with a Carlton Fisk bobblehead. Throughout the game music from '75 blasted over the speakers throughout Fenway. More than 25 members of the 1975 team were on hand. It's part of a season long celebration of the 40th anniversary of that season.
Fortunately it also marked the end of a Red Sox losing streak. Thanks to Mookie Betts and his two solo home runs, the Red Sox finally stopped the bleeding. Interestingly enough, Betts is the youngest Red Sox player to hit 2 homers in the same game since Jim Rice did it in 1975. Mookie Betts plays like his hair is on fire. He scampers around the bases like Fred Lynn in his early Red Sox days. Lynn didn't have a lot of speed, but he swiped a bag when he could.
When I started writing this blog entry, I was going to tie Mookie Betts to Fred Lynn, the 1975 Rookie of The Year. Both center fielders, both fan favorites, both using all of their talents. Then I saw that Mookie Betts was the youngest to slug 2 homers in a game since Rice. Then I wanted to compare him to the Hall of Fame right fielder. Then I didn't think that was fair, as Rice went on to hit 382 home runs. So I considered comparing Betts to Dwight Evans. That's not really fair either. A Should-Be Hall of Famer?
So I decided to link Mookie Betts to 1975. There's a little bit of Lynn, Evans, and Rice in Mookie Betts. Perhaps less Rice, but that remains to be seen. This isn't the first entry to center around Mookie Betts, and I suspect it won't be the last for the 2015 season. Look at the stats of the 1975 team. Wouldn't it be amazing if Mookie Betts turned into even a fraction of the triple headed outfield monster that was the 1975 Red Sox outfield?
It's only one game, and Betts has only had a few games to look amazing, The 1975 Red Sox didn't have a great April, May, or June. The team turned up late in June and ran with it the rest of the way. The 2015 pitching staff is questionable, but so was the 1975 pitching staff. On the season, no started that year had an ERA below 3.95.
It provides some hope that the early stumble isn't the precursor of a long drawn out summer of bad baseball. Especially if Mookie Betts has anything to say about it.