The Boston Red Sox may have finished outside the MLB Postseason and well off the mark for a trip to the World Series, but outfielder Mookie Betts is making a trip the World Series anyway. The World Series of Bowling.
Betts will participate in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII this December 8-11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. He will test his bowling skills against more than 200 of the best players in the world in the multi-event WSOB VII.
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Betts has bowled a pair of certified 300 games and finished third in the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association state championships individual event as a junior at Nashville Overton High School in 2010, earning Tennessee Boys’ Bowler of the Year honors after setting Tennessee high school records with a 290 game and 827 series.
In Reno, Betts will compete against a field of bowlers representing more than 20 countries. The WSOB includes the PBA Cheetah Championship, PBA Viper Championship, PBA Chameleon Championship and PBA Scorpion Championship – the four qualifying events leading into the PBA World Championship. The finals of all five events will be televised on ESPN, beginning with live coverage of the PBA World Championship on Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. eastern.
The 23-year-old just completed his first full season at the major league level after spending the first three seasons in the Red Sox minor league system, including a season with the Lowell Spinners. He split the 2014 season between the Red Sox, Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) and Portland Sea Dogs (AA).