Becky Yells About Baseball: Bye-Bye Benny

I don’t know why I even bother having favorite players if the Boston Red Sox just end up trading them away.

Last night, another outfielder bit the dust in a 9:00 p.m. February trade. (Ironically Mookie Betts was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers around this time last year, too.)

Andrew Benintendi and his flow will be packing their bags and heading out to Kansas City to play for the Royals.

Benny has had a special place in my heart—I even named my SUV after him. I was devastated last night when I got the news alert that he was going to the Royals. And then the New York Mets got involved? Doesn’t Steve Cohen have enough issues right now with the stocks?

I know that Benny’s numbers hadn’t been the best lately, but BENNY AND THE FLOW AND HE’S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL AND I CAN’T KEEP HANDLING THE SOX TRADING AWAY ALL OF MY FAVORITE PLAYERS.

In 2018, he hit .290 with 16 homers and 87 RBIs while helping the Sox win a franchise-record 108 regular-season games and the World Series. His numbers dropped off in 2019 and even more last year with the shortened season, batting .103 and playing only 14 games before landing on the IL in August because of a strained right rib cage. Overall, he hit .273 with 51 home runs, 260 RBIs, and 53 stolen bases; his 32 outfield assists are the most in the league over the past four years. He has one year remaining on a two-year, $10 million deal reached last February before he becomes eligible for arbitration in 2022 and becomes a free agent in 2023. (ESPN)

I will be sad for a while and it’ll probably get worse once the season starts and he’s not in the outfield and I can’t name a single Red Sox player. How terrible it is to love something the Red Sox front office can touch.

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