Mookie Betts is going to the World Series. He just won’t be wearing a baseball uniform.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder earned a spot in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Geico World Series of Bowling VII tournament, which is being held in Reno, Nev., from Dec. 7-19, per The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham. The PBA says it extended an invitation to Betts after he discussed his love of bowling in interviews during the 2015 season.
Betts has been bowling for most of his life, winning his first tournament when he was just 8 years old. He averaged in the 200-plus range in high school and finished third in a Tennessee state championship during his junior year. Betts also has bowled 300 twice.
The outfielder will start his trip to Reno with an official practice round on Dec. 7 before bowling nine qualifying games in four separate tournaments over the next four days. If he finishes in the top 25 percent after those games, Betts will go to the championship round on Dec. 12.
Betts finished the Red Sox’s season with a .291 average and .820 OPS to go with 18 home runs, 77 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. So basically, it looks as though there isn’t a sport that Betts wouldn’t excel at.
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Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts prepares for an at bat against the Atlanta Braves.