Mookie Betts 'initially thought' he would be a Red Sox for life

Justin Leger
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Mookie Betts thought he would be a Red Sox for life originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

As Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers compete for a World Series title, Boston Red Sox fans are left lamenting the deal that sent Betts to Los Angeles eight months ago.

Betts in Dodger blue is a sight Boston will have to get used to. The former American League MVP signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension with L.A. over the summer.

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In a sit-down with Betts prior to Game 5 of the World Series, Red Sox legend David Ortiz asked if he ever thought he'd spend the next 12 years in a Dodgers uniform.

"No, I had initially thought I was going to be a Red Sox for life," Betts said. "God always has a plan for things and I was just kind of following what he was telling me to do."

You can watch the full interview here.

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Obviously, that statement won't make Red Sox fans feel any better with the way things went down last winter. Boston reportedly offered Betts a $300 million contract extension, but he wanted closer to $420 million. The Red Sox then shipped the superstar outfielder to L.A. to slip under the luxury tax threshold.

Betts will have a shot to win his second World Series title Tuesday night when the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays face off in Game 6.