Mookie Betts, the Major League Baseball superstar, has denied the accusation that he is avoiding his Dodgers teammates by opting to stay at an Airbnb instead of sharing accommodation with them during the three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers in LA.
According to sources, the renowned outfielder is deliberately avoiding the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee due to its alleged reputation of being haunted. Betts has reportedly been informed by his colleague and former MVP Bryce Harper about the unusual activities that have occurred in the 130-year-old establishment, and he believes that any malevolent spirits may disrupt his focus during the game.
“You can tell me what happened after,” Betts said to the Orange County Register‘s Bill Plunkett. “I just don’t want to find out myself. … Every noise, I’d be like, ‘Is that something?'”
Mookie Betts rented an Airbnb to avoid staying in Milwaukee's haunted Pfister Hotel
He's stayed there in the past and said he "couldn't sleep", per @billplunkettocr pic.twitter.com/jAMDD8tEoR
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) May 9, 2023
MLB.com has reported that several players and coaches have shared their experiences of encountering paranormal activity at the luxurious Pfister Hotel. Bryce Harper, who played for the Washington Nationals during his rookie year, narrated a spine-tingling incident to ESPN The Magazine. He recounted how he had neatly arranged his clothes on a table before going to bed.
“When I woke up in the morning — I swear on everything — the clothes were on the floor and the table was on the opposite side of the room against the wall,” Harper said. “I was so flustered. I honestly thought there might be someone in my room. I had no idea what the hell just happened, so I actually looked around, and then I checked to see if the door was still latched, and it was.”
Michael Young, a former star player of the Texas Rangers, has alleged that he was woken up in 2013 by what he believed to be a spirit stomping around in his room. He said to ESPN that he told the ghost he “was welcome, that we could be pals, that he could marinate in there for as long as he needed to, just as long as he didn’t wake me up.”
Several other prominent players have shared eerie anecdotes about their stays at the Pfister Hotel, including former third-baseman Adrian Beltre, ex-St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martínez, and former Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies Manager Clint Hurdle. In 2009, former outfielder Carlos Gomez even stated to the New York Post that he had absolutely refused to stay at the Pfister.
“I’m scared to go there,” Gomez said. “They should change the hotel. Everybody here doesn’t like the hotel. Why they always put us in the same hotel when you can’t sleep?”
It is possible that Betts' choice to stay at the Airbnb instead of the reputedly haunted Pfister Hotel may have positively impacted his focus during the game. As evidenced by the Dodgers' 6-2 win on Tuesday, where Betts, the 2018 MVP, hit a home run at the beginning of the game.
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