LOS ANGELES — One of the most beloved stadium giveaways in baseball is the bobblehead and Mookie Betts made his first Dodgers bobblehead night even more memorable than anyone could have drawn up.
It was a family affair for Monday’s 5-3 win over the Braves at Dodger Stadium as Betts’ mom Diana Collins and his brother Mark were in attendance to celebrate his bobblehead night and Diana threw out the first pitch with panache. They had front-row seats behind home plate to watch Betts and the Dodgers in a 2020 NLCS rematch against the Atlanta Braves.
When Betts went up to the plate in the third inning, he didn’t hesitate to apply his home run swing on a 1-1 fastball from Braves starter Drew Smyly. It traveled 378 feet to left field and had Dodger Stadium rocking.
When he crossed the plate, he caught his mom cheering for him and jumping with excitement. He blew her a kiss as he jogged back into the dugout, sporting a smile for the first baseball coach in his life.