Mookie Betts not ready to think about long-term contract with Dodgers

Mookie Betts not ready to think about long-term contract with Dodgers

We already knew that Downs was named for Derek Jeter, the former Yankees captain and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

He came close earlier in February, thanks to a auto horn.

"Then, listen to this", Downs began while answering the journalists' questions.

"I was driving, me and my brother were driving to go to train", Downs said Wednesday. "We're in traffic and my brother sees this Range Rover pulling up", Downs said. "Then he honks and I greet him".

The reworked deal also has the Red Sox paying half of the $96 million left on Price's deal.

"I was a Yankees fan", said Downs, per the Boston Globe, "but now I'm going to do everything in my power to win if the Yankees are on the other side, or whoever it is". "Then I called Raul". So he told her that and it was great that I knew him, and now look.

Still, Downs has yet to actually meet Jeter face to face, though they spoke over FaceTime recently as well.

"A couple of days later, the Marlins had an event in Topgolf". "He FaceTimed me with Jeter on the phone". We talked like two minutes. It was [surreal]. I've idolized him my whole life. "It was definitely special".

Jeter Downs was part of the return for Mookie Betts and David Price in the blockbuster with the Dodgers, and the slugging 21-year-old middle infielder hopes to strike his own path in Boston.

Downs was on his way to the Miami airport to fly to Dodgers camp in Glendale, Arizona, when he got word that he should instead head across the state to the Red Sox complex in Fort Myers.

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