Red Sox: Mookie Betts finding joy in emulating “Saltbae”
By Jimmy Longo
Mookie Betts is finding even more ways to enjoy the early days of Red Sox spring training, emulating the internet meme sensation “Saltbae”.
In the early days of spring training that can be filled with dreary games filled with players shaking off the rust that collected during the offseason with the lack of competitive play, it’s always nice to see the personality of players shine through. Even better when it’s someone like the ever-lovable right fielder for the Boston Red Sox, Mookie Betts.
Following Betts’ first hit of the 2017 spring training, a single in a game on Saturday Feb. 25 against the Minnesota Twins, Betts had a new kind of celebration prepared for Red Sox season.
As Betts stood on the bag, he twiddled his fingers back and forth like was sprinkling salt, emulating the internet sensation deemed “Saltbae” for his peculiar way of spreading salt over his dishes.
So, apparently Betts has been sitting on #Saltbae for a while coming into the spring, and as evidence amongst Red Sox and baseball fans, writers and those alike, it seems to have been accepted quite well around baseball Twitter.
According to a tweet from Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox star right-fielder said that the Saltbae celebration “may be what (he does) this year.”
Of note, Saltbae is actually a renowned world chef, Nusret Gökçe, who owns various Nusr-Et steakhouses in both Dubai and in Turkey.
It is unclear whether or not Gökçe knows anything about baseball, the Red Sox or Mookie Betts, but the chef has held famous guests at his restaurants.
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Perhaps we’ll see a new steakhouse christened in Boston in the next few years, with Betts as the guest of honor.