Boston Red Sox

Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) looks at umpire Bill Miller (26) after being called out on strikes during the first inning against the New York Mets at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

Mookie Betts is gone from the Red Sox, now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. There’s really no positive way to spin it. We’re left wondering how ownership got themselves to this point in the first place, and whether chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom got the right players in return.

What some Red Sox fans are also anticipating is the inevitable smear campaign to come out about Betts, particularly from the John Henry-owned Boston Globe. Ever since investigative reporter Bob Hohler published a harsh, salacious piece about beloved former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, unnecessary smears have almost become expected whenever a major figure heads out the Fenway doors.

So 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich decided to get a good old-fashioned hashtag roast going. And Red Sox fans did not disappoint. Behold, the best of the fake #MookieSmearCampaign from fans on Twitter … that we’re allowed to post. We are a family station, after all.

These are some of the funniest fake smear campaigns. But it’s hard to ignore that if the Red Sox didn’t engage in real smearing over the years, this wouldn’t be a thing in the first place.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at

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