I’m not… but I think to discount my suspension that Betts had superstar LA dreams that wasn’t happening in most cities is also ignoring some evidence
Is there really truth to the idea that there's a higher ceiling for superstardom in LA than Boston? I might believe it about NY, but "level of fame you can achieve as most famous baseball player" seems to me to be one of the handful of categories where Boston actually holds serve with LA in appearing a major American city. Pedro and Ortiz (and Manny, heh) could have attained greater star power as Dodgers? I don't buy it.
I am a Dodgers season ticket holder (first year after going to 40+ last season). Most nights, I listen to the Sox as I arrive at the ballpark and often bring headphones so I can hear the last couple of innings. A huge factor for me was that I get to watch Mookie Betts, in person, most nights.
Not captured in this thread is how beloved Mookie is in L.A. It's bonkers. Maybe it's the combination of skill, winning the ring, Kobe's passing (not to be discounted: a young African-American star comes to a reeling city and wins a ring - huge). I see as many "BETTS" jerseys as both Turner's combined, Muncy (a surprisingly popular choice), and the only one who rivals (and probably eclipses) is Kershaw. There are murals all over town that feature Betts. The city LOVES this guy, loves that he came, chose to stay, and remains an elite+ talent. What's more, it's obvious how much the team loves him (Dave Roberts in particular).
So is there a higher ceiling generally? Not clear. But I do believe in this case there is. Can't discount nationality here, tbh: would Pedro or Ortiz be bigger stars in L.A.? Harder to imagine with the [relatively but significantly] smaller Dominican/Caribbean population (note: ~900,000 of L.A. county's population identifies as African American/Black . . . more than the total population, of any race, in Suffolk County MA). This is not to say being black means you love any black player, but it certainly factors into the idea that he could be a bigger star there, or perhaps mean more to more people.
Now, if your name is Fitzgerald . . . maybe you stick it out in Boston.