Mookie Betts a Red Sox lifer? Don’t bet on it

Alan Greenwood

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, seeking some sort of guidance on a few

questions. …

Will Mookie Betts play his entire career with the Red Sox? Weighing modern trends, the safe (if not wise) bet is to say no. Indeed, it’s absurd for anyone to predict that any ballplayer blessed with a long career will spend it with one franchise.

This issue came after Betts’ choice as the American League Most Valuable Player. Offered an opportunity to declare unshakable fidelity to the Red Sox, Betts said he is not thinking beyond the 2019 season.

Since Betts won’t hit the open market until after the 2020 season, we’d all do well to let that soap opera simmer for awhile.

And when that day comes, just follow the money. …

Is Tom Brady becoming sufficiently annoyed that he might be considering shifting his focus completely on TB12 and Co. after this season?

One man’s hunch is no. By year’s end, Brady might be more battered and bruised than ever before. The price-tags on his lumbering attempts at moving in and out of the pocket, not to mention downfield, are certainly marked at a much higher price.

But if this season ends with barely a whisper in the playoffs, pride will ward off any thoughts of fading into football history. …

Is the Celtics’ season spiraling into the canyon reserved for underachievers? The C’s answered that one themselves with Friday night’s improbable rally and overtime win against Toronto.

This is not worth really pondering until the end of January.

TIME TRAVEL: Nov. 18, 1948 – “It could be that the fates are turning in favor of Buzz Harvey and Co. Ready to move indoors for a blackboard session yesterday afternoon, coaches Harvey and Marandos escaped the confines of the classroom when the skies cleared somewhat and by 3:45 were drilling the Purple gridders in the fine arts of blocking and tackling upon the soggy Stadium turf.

“Lack of daylight didn’t bother the Panthers yesterday, because the Stadium lighting plant was flicked on at 4:45 after the squad had been at work for an hour and the workout continued under the arcs for another hour finally ending at 5:45.”

And finally: To the chagrin of no one who has been watching baseball since the days of scheduled doubleheaders, the Red Sox raised ticket prices for the 2019 season. All things considered, the increases are not bloated.

If someone can afford $155 for one field box seat, tacking on another $6 is chump change.

For the rest Red Sox Nation’s middle class, there is only one act of protest that has a sliver of a chance to succeed: Don’t go.

But don’t hold your breath waiting for a million of your fellow fans to join the cause.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood @nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_ AlanG.