Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has long provided heroics on the field, and now the likely American League MVP is an all-star off it as well after being identified for performing a simple act of kindness for Boston's hungry and homeless.
Hours after Betts and the Red Sox took a 2-0 World Series lead on Wednesday and with temperatures dipping into the 30s overnight, the generous star reportedly provided hot meals from trays of food to the city's homeless outside the Boston Public Library.
Former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni, who hosts a show on Boston sports radio WEEI, tweeted Thursday night to share a photo and bring light to Betts' Good Samaritan gesture.
Little birdie told me an amazing story. This was the scene last night around 1am out in front of the Boston Library. Trays and trays of food fed the homeless. The man that delivered the food wasn't looking for attention or praise BUT deserves it. God Bless you Mookie Betts pic.twitter.com/4Ox7O0edo4— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) October 25, 2018
Mike Winter said he saw Betts and another man, later identified as Betts' cousin, putting the food out before offering it.
"I didn't know who they were at first. They had hoodies on," Winter told WEEI. "Next thing I know they are laying out trays of food. Then they're walking around all of Boston library where there are tons of homeless and telling people there is food around the corner. I walked up and I said, 'Hello,' because we have a mutual friend, and then all the people from the club came out and he just walked away. No pictures. No nothing. None of the homeless even knew who he was, but they were just grateful for what he was doing."
This is not the first time Betts has done a similar good deed for a hungry stranger. In 2015, he told NESN that he and catcher Blake Swihart gave pizza to a homeless man in New York City, an act of kindness that Betts credited for his subsequent two-home run game against the Yankees.
''Me and Blake, yesterday, we got to eat, and had [a piece of pizza] left and he said the night before, he had given it to a homeless guy and he hit two home runs,'' Betts said. ''So I had a pizza. So I gave it to a homeless guy and hit two home runs, so maybe, pass it on to the next person.''
The Red Sox visit Los Angeles on Friday night to face the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series.