November 23, 2020

Justin Turner, COVID Controversy and The Celebration

The weirdest thing happened in the World Series Game 6 clinching affair.

Dodgers 3B Justin Turner (.307, 4 HR, 23 RBI), tested positive for COVID-19 and the results came literally during the game. Remember, this isn’t some bullshit spring training fun, fun in the sun, type of deal.

This is literally the biggest stage in all of baseball.

For the 35-year-old to simply be removed from the game in the 8th inning from a competitive standpoint sucked for Los Angeles (at the time). However, the Dodgers did win Game 6 by a score of 3-1 to take the World Series, 4-2.

Now, I am not a fan of any other team besides my Cleveland Indians, but this situation was fascinating to me…

How often does a player get to celebrate winning a championship in any of the major sports leagues?

Some never do.

Most it’s only a few times throughout an entire career that could last more than 15 years. Turner just finished his 12th season.

Of course, the safe and frankly selfless thing for Turner to do was sit in the locker room isolated away from all other human beings. This including his teammates that just won it all. However, Turner went out onto the field and ended up celebrating with them and his family. The same players that the veteran just spent an entire evening with in close quarters…

I can just imagine the outrage of some about this decision. I am actually not so enraged. I was sick once and know what it’s like to miss out on amazing things. I’m not saying I’ve won a World Series (yet), but in life, nobody likes missing out. This guy had one shot to be with the guys that he rode this entire crazy season with and he said, “___ it. I’m going out there to be with them.”  

The MLB decided to have a season even with the COVID Pandemic. Some stadiums had fans at a later point in the year. However, even the players and coaches alone could spread a virus. They are human, too… If preventing the virus was 100% what these leagues wanted to do, there would be no professional sports now and for the future.

Everyone is making this guy out to be such a villian when he is just simply trying to celebrate one of his life’s greatest achievements. Only the true fact of the matter is Justin Turner has one career, one life and one title with that squad.

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