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.
Here’s an exclusive look at Justin Turner celebrating on the field after testing positive for COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/EvhQqFUw35
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2020
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:
One correction to what I said on @FS1 about Turner timeline. First result, on the test from yesterday, came back in the second inning, not in the afternoon. His test from earlier today was then expedited, and when it came back positive, he was removed from the game.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 28, 2020
Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said the team was remaining in Arlington for further testing:
#Dodgers Andrew Friedman said team is not going back to LA tonight. Everyone is going back to their 'bubble' hotel and will be tested "and figure out what the results are from that and then go from there."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 28, 2020
Turner tweeted that he is asymptomatic:
Thanks to everyone reaching out! I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA#WorldSeriesChamps
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 28, 2020
What would have happened if the Rays had forced Game 7? We may never truly know the answer, but it’s worth considering.