It goes without saying that Mookie Betts is one of the best players that the MLB has to offer. However, even a player of his caliber can't simply waltz into a new clubhouse and expect to win over his teammates based on his lauded skills and equally-impressive resume.
Ever conscious of that fact, the 27-year-old outfielder is already appeasing his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates by demanding that they treat every workout and game at Spring Training like Game 7 of the World Series. That work ethic seems to be rubbing off on those around him.
The eventual lesson to be had here is pretty self explanatory: if the Dodgers reach the World Series, the club will already be prepared for its ramifications. Given how heavily-favored the team is to advance to the Fall Classic, this is the perfect mentality for a superstar playing for a new club for the first time in his career.
His Dodgers teammates agree.
"I thought it was awesome, a great message," said outfielder A.J. Pollock. "It definitely impacted our camp. The intensity went up right after that. He’s treating every ground ball, every fly ball, like it’s Game 7 of the World Series, and there are ramifications if you mess it up."
“It was definitely surprising to a lot of people," third baseman Justin Turner added. "You don’t see a guy coming into a clubhouse, not knowing too many guys, get up, and basically challenge the whole team to be accountable. That was something pretty special."
Betts clearly has World Series aspirations for the Dodgers this upcoming season, and it strongly appears that he's doing everything possible to ensure that his new team is readily prepared to embrace that challenge.