PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Superman was Clark Kent, journalist for the Daily World. For Superman, journalism represented something away from his actual duties that allowed him to get away from the miraculous feats of greatness he achieved every single day. Similarly to his compatriot Superman, Mookie Betts loves to do something else away from the baseball field as well.
Betts seriously loves to cut hair.
Cutting hair is no joke for Betts. At his home, Betts has a three-way mirror that allows him to look at all angles of his head when he gives himself a trim. During his time with the Portland Sea Dogs, Betts was the team barber. Whenever anyone needed a cut or trim, they went to Betts to receive sed service.
The reasons behind Betts' passion for the buzzer lies back home in Nashville, Tenn.
"Back home, for some reason, I love cutting hair," Betts said. "I don't know why. I cut my hair, I cut everybody else's hair. If you ask me, I'll cut it. I don't know. I've got a lot of friends back home that are barbers and go to school for barbering and know a bunch of barbers back home. They just help me out. For some reason, I just really wanted to learn how to do it."
Betts, who keeps a nice trim buzz cut low to his head, uses an array of tools to cut hair, from scissors to buzzers. While he enjoyed cutting his teammate's hair in Portland, Betts will likely not do so in Pawtucket, but not by his own choosing.
"There is a team barber here," Betts said. "I didn't know that until I walked in there, so people can go ahead. I'm still going to cut my hair."