How To Talk To Your Cat About The Mookie Betts Trade

As I was writing this post … and by “writing” I really mean, “thinking about writing” … a stinkbug climbed onto the rim of my coffee cup and fell (or jumped, it’s hard to tell) into my morning coffee. I was able to fish him out – saving his life, but not my coffee. This has nothing to do with anything, except that drowning in a good cup of morning coffee is probably not the worst way to go.

And, now to our top story …

Last week, the Boston Red Sox traded their superstar outfielder Mookie Betts in a three-way deal sending Mookie to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then the deal fell apart. Then it fell back together.

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Now, a week later … the Boston Red Sox have finally traded Mookie Betts (along with pitcher David Price) to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Let’s say you, like me, have a cat named Mookie.

I’m sure that your Mookie Cat, like mine, has a lot of questions about this trade of Mookie Betts from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, specifically related to how it might affect them directly, especially when it comes to mealtime. Maybe you have a dog named Mookie. And, maybe your dog Mookie also has questions.

Sorry. This is just for cats.

My Mookie arrived in April 2015, born to a feral mom – who was completely nuts – in our corral.  Mookie and his siblings, ferals all, were eventually trapped one by one and brought in the house.

Mookie’s response to being put in a strange house owned by strange humans was pretty much this …

Dry? Warm? Food? OK, I’ll stay.

(You can read his exciting story – From Feral To Mookie – here.)

Mookie the Cat was named Mookie because he seemed joyful … which seemed to be a lot like the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts …

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 … seen here, being joyful.

But, I didn’t want Red Sox fans getting all “So you’re a Sox fan now with your Mookie Cat?” which is how Red Sox fans react to things.

So, we extended Mookie’s name to also honor Mookie Wilson, who helped destroy the hopes of Red Sox fans in 1986 when that Mookie, as a New York Met, hit the ground ball that went between the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner and led to the Mets winning Game 6 – and, ultimately, Game 7 – of the 1986 World Series.

Mookie Wilson-Betts

Here are some answers to some questions Mookie Cats everywhere might have as they adjust to the Mookie Betts trade to the Dodgers.

Did the Red Sox trade Mookie Betts because he was bad?


Did he throw up a hairball on the rug?


Vomit up his breakfast on the other rug?


Shred so much toilet paper that you now have to keep the rolls zipped up in camping bags?


Walk across the laptop when sommx;japqhpuhpHG;hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh’?????????????


So, why did the Red Sox trade Mookie Betts?

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In 1920, the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $120,000. They have a history of short-sightedness.

And, cheapness.

Are we moving to Los Angeles now?


Will we now be living on Pacific time?

No. We will continue to live on Cat Time, which means any hour of the day — or night — will be your time to fly around the house, fling things off of tables, and wildly scamper across the bed.

Will this affect my meals?


Are you sure?


Absolutely, positively sure?


What the heck? Dodger Dogs!? Are they real dogs?

No. Dodger Dogs are hot dogs, not real dogs.


And, they’re probably not a dollar anymore …

So, no Dodger cats?

Outfielder Tom Catterson played in 28 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1908 and 1909.

How good was he?

Not Mookie-good. Not even close. Let’s let the 1908 Brooklyn Standard Union sum up Catterson’s career in 17 words:

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 8/13/1908

“Tommy Catterson looks good with the stick, notwithstanding the fact that he did not get a hit.”

I can sum up the “sum up” in four words:

“Seemed good. Actually sucked.”

Weren’t the Dodgers possibly cheated out of two World Series — in 2017 and 2018 — by the Red Sox and Astros who were found to be sign-stealing in those seasons?


Didn’t the Baltimore Orioles sweep the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series?

They sure did.

Were the Orioles cheating?

Of course not.

Do we hate the Red Sox now?

No more than usual.

But, we still love Mookie, right?


And, I’m not traded?

No. Mookie Wilson-Betts. You’re staying put.

Can we watch Mookie Wilson’s historic at-bat against the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series?

Of course we can …


22 thoughts on “How To Talk To Your Cat About The Mookie Betts Trade

  1. This was even more excellent than normal. I have cheered for various teams in the course of my life, reserving an eternal soft spot for the Giants (Dad’s team) & the O’s (the team of most of my youth). I have been able to view first hand the cyclical roller coaster of sports allegiance-from the highest highs to the lowest lows. One of my all time favorites was Mookie Wilson, beginning when he brought his skill and joy for life to the local Tidewater Tides. I saw most of those mid-80’s Mets play in AAA.
    From my earliest worship of Ted Williams, Boston had the reputation (rightly or not) as vastly overpaid (possibly selfish) underachievers. The phrase “25 players, 25 cabs” ridiculed their team ‘chemistry’. Given their annual ineptitude (& bad luck), like the majority of fans, I was thrilled when they finally succeeded in winning the World Series. Since then, it seems they have developed a sense of entitlement and smugness traditionally attached to their arch rivals in New York. I do appreciate their recent successes in the last 15 years and I like watching many of their players (including their (former) Mookie), but recent revelations and actions by their front office (I now reside in Twins Territory) make me think they’re not that far removed from being merely “Yankees-lite”.
    Please give Mr. Wilson’s namesake a skritch for me.

  2. I loved this post! Mookie knows all the important things to ask, and I love his ears. However, my cat was not impressed with Mookie’s pictures: took one look and left my lap. Or maybe she just doesn’t much care for either Boston or L.A.

  3. The Red Sox cheap? Oh, yeah. Cheaters? PLEASE! Sign-stealing is older than the technology used by the Astros and Red Sox. Mookie Wilson-Betts, simply continue to drive the Bloggess bonkers!

    • Sign stealing in the field? A part of the game. Sign stealing using electronics, video, Excel spreadsheets? Nope, nope, nope. Let’s let Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson explain (a la 1912): “Dishonest signal stealing might be defined as obtaining information by artificial aids. The honest methods are those requiring cleverness of eye, mind, and hand, without outside assistance.”

  4. As a fan of the team forgotten about in this trade, I am perfectly content. We gave up a young triple digits reliever for an upper tier starter we sorely needed. Also, this is why our cats are all named after characters from Game of Thrones and other nerd sources.

    • I think Maeda is a great pick-up for the Twins. Yup, that Mookie Wilson-Betts hews in two different directions is helpful … there was, of course, no way, I was going to root for the Red Sox. :)

      The other cats in our tribe take their names from old Hollywood movies and tried-and-true “cat names.”

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