Justin Turner Celebrates With Dodgers After Testing Positive for COVID

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Justin Turner, the third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was pulled during the eighth inning of Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19. The Dodgers won the game 3-1 to earn their first World Series championship in over thirty years, and Turner celebrated with teammates on the field after they completed their victory. This will surely be a major story today.

On the FOX Sports postgame show, Ken Rosenthal reported on what happened:

“My understanding from talking to various people is that he was told — or asked — not to go on the field,” Rosenthal said. “He insisted upon it. The Dodgers insisted upon it. And that is why was out there. And at one point, he did have his mask off. He was mostly masked, but there was one point in the picture where he did have it off.”

After the report, Rosenthal clarified the timeline of Turner’s positive tests:

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said the team was remaining in Arlington for further testing:

Turner tweeted that he is asymptomatic:

What would have happened if the Rays had forced Game 7? We may never truly know the answer, but it’s worth considering.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people are working 50-60 hr weeks in packed warehouses where there have been weekly+ coronavirus announcements for the past 7+ months. There’s minimal social distancing (can’t do the jobs without getting within inches from the other person).

    If what Turner did angers them, then I’d hate for them to walk into a warehouse where there are multiple positives employees at any given time (and management legally can’t tell you who’s infected, isn’t willing to tell you the exact number of infections at any given time, and most people haven’t been tested to know their infection status).

    I’m very happy that Turner went out to celebrate with his teammates. I was so angry about him not being out there. What are the chances of that happening. We’ll probably find out it was a false + or something. I assure you that nobody associated with that celebration will have a Ryquell Armstead reaction to anything that transpired.

  2. Good for Turner for being out there with his teammates. This reaction to COVID and the Coronabros have well past lunatic stage. It’s a flu bug, plain and simple. If your over the age of 70 and have underlying health conditions, then yes, take measures to protect yourself. Otherwise, there is no need for any restrictions in our society.

    When Obama and Biden were in charge, 60 million people had H1N1 and kids were more vulnerable to it, however, we did not enact any of these insane lockdowns and restrictions, and after awhile, they simply stopped testing for it.

    The only reason this lunacy continues is a power grab by the liberals and their partners in the media. As Clay Travis, Whitlock and many others have pointed out, fear is a powerful tool and it’s being used to try and control the actions of our population. There is no reason to do mass testing of healthy populations. The only reason it continues is to continue the fear porn. Plain and simple, it’s about power.

  3. MLB dodged a big one. What if the replacement at third played a huge moment in the game with an error? What if the Dodgers needed Turners bat in the bottom of the 9th? Man I can only imagine the heat MLB would be taking today.

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