Nashville native Mookie Betts honored by Tennessee legislature


Boston Red Sox outfielder and Nashville native Mookie Betts not only has a World Series championship, but he’s also been honored locally.  

On the agenda Monday night for the Tennessee House of Representatives floor was a house joint resolution to honor and congratulate 2018 World Series Champion and league MVP Mookie Betts.  

The resolution passed, but it wasn’t a unanimous vote. Some lawmakers were upset that Betts declined to visit the White House with his team. 

Betts was expected to attend but canceled last minute. His agents are hoping to reschedule a time to visit Nashville.  

Betts, a Nashville native, went to John Overton High School and was committed to play baseball for the University of Tennessee, but ultimately decided against it when the Boston Red Sox drafted him out of high school.  

The house put together a joint resolution that reads, “The members of this General Assembly are pleased to specially honor and commend those successful athletes who, through their magnificent exploits, bring honor to the state of Tennessee and serve as exceptional ambassadors of this state.” 

Turns out, Betts is also an excellent bowler. He won the 2019 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational with his partner, professional bowler Tommy Jones Sunday.  

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