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Vanessa Bryant reacts to Mookie Betts, Dodgers winning 2020 World Series

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Vanessa Bryant congratulated Mookie Betts after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win the 2020 World Series on Tuesday night.

Betts was a business partner and friend of Vanessa’s late husband, who worked with Kobe to promote BODYARMOR sports drink.

The late Lakers legend was joined by Betts and a host of star athletes as investors and/or participants in the BODYARMOR business, including Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson, NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, retired QB Andrew Luck and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Betts has referenced Kobe’s success and mindset as inspiration, including before Game 7 of the 2020 National League Championship Series. In a recent interview with BODYARMOR, Betts at the Lakers’ legend’s words of wisdom had helped him recover from a difficult phase in his career.

“In 2019 I was struggling for a while and I didn’t know who to talk to that had been to the top,” Betts shared. “So I sent Kobe a text and asked him how he prepared each and every day mentally and what was his way to steer away from failure. He helped me and said each and every day he wants to be the best person in the gym and put on a show each and every day. When I switched my mindset to that things got a lot better. “

Mookie Betts, who was acquired by the Dodgers last winter from the Boston Red Sox, justified the 12-year, $365 million extension he signed with L.A. on the way to his second World Series ring. The 28-year old posted the second best OPS+ (149) of his decorated career in the protracted regular season, then hit .296/.378/.493 with six stolen bases and multiple incredible catches in the postseason run.

In Game 6, he channeled the Mamba Mentality to deliver the biggest hit of the World Series: a 434-foot blast in the 8th inning to put L.A. ahead by two runs at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Earlier in the game, Betts hit a double and helped the Dodgers take the lead with more base-running brilliance.