Most Valuable Mom: AL MVP Mookie Betts developed hand-eye coordination at local lanes – thanks to his mother

By Tom Wood

Diana Collins has a lot on the ball these days. The longtime Nashville resident is a regular league bowler at Donelson Plaza Strike & Spare and other lanes around Music City and serves as president of the Music City Senate of The National Bowling Association.

Ledger cover by Leigh Melton Singleton, photograph by Michelle Lord Morrow

Oh, and she’s the mother of baseball superstar Mookie Betts of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Betts, 26, a 2011 graduate of John Overton High School, is the reigning American League Most Valuable Player – and a pretty darn good bowler. He’s so good, in fact, that he competed in the World Series of Bowling a little more than a year ago, rolling a perfect 300 game in a qualifying tournament. He’s got a couple of those to his credit.

But make no mistake – baseball is his calling, the sport in which he could dominate for the next decade. Already a three-time American League All-Star, the Red Sox right fielder has achieved legendary status in Boston, where his every move is closely followed.

“It’s really funny seeing Mookie as a celebrity, you know? A lot of people look at him as a celebrity, and I still look at him as Mookie,” Collins says. “I’m so excited because who would think that you would play major league baseball, would be the MVP? That’s just incredible.”

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