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Dodgers: Justin Turner Bids Fond, Touching Farewell to LA Fans

Justin Turner’s contract with the Red Sox became official on Friday, finalizing JT’s departure from the Dodgers after nine years as a pillar of the team and the community. Friday evening, the Los Angeles legend reached out on social media to bid farewell to the fans who have loved him so dearly the last nine years.

“To say that my life took a turn for the better the day I put on a Dodger uniform is an understatement,” Turner says before recounting his journey from the 25th man on the L.A. roster to a two-time All-Star, World Series champion, and Roberto Clemente Award winner.

JT also talks about marrying his wife, Kourtney, officiated by “Reverend” Orel Hershiser, and what he and Kourt have been able to accomplish together through their foundation.

Turner closes his post with a heartfelt expression of thanks that would put any Academy Award speech to shame.

There aren’t enough thank-yous in a lifetime to express how grateful I am to every single person who was a part of making this chapter so special. My hope is that I was able to have just a fraction of the impact on you as you all have had on me. From ownership to the front office, coaches, strength and training staff, R&D, my teammates, the stadium workers, security guards, flight attendants, grounds crew, media, family, friends and most importantly the fans, THANK YOU. Thank you for embracing Kourt and I, thank you for your unconditional love, and thank you for making this post so incredibly difficult to write.

Justin Turner is a Dodgers legend, and hopefully he’ll be back in Dodger blue someday. For now, we echo his “thank you” back at him and wish him the best in Boston.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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8 Comments

  1. Justin Turner will be playing in Boston as a Blue Sox.He’ll always be a Dodger Blue and will be missed! I haven’t checked the schedule,but if the Sox come to LA to play the D’s,I’ll be there to give him a standing ovation.

  2. So disappointed with the Dodgers front office. Always business first, never loyalty! We love you Justin. Hope you do great in Boston. Maybe one day you’ll sign with the Los Angeles ANGELS! Shame on you Dodgers.

  3. This off season has been the worst decision making I could remember! The biggest disappointment was letting Justin go! He will always be a Dodger and will be missed dearly in the clubhouse! Only positive was signing Martinez. They will be lucky to make the playoffs!

    1. I am so sad about JT, but wish him well always, and hopefully he’ll be back one day, maybe as manager!! I miss all my favorite players that are now on other teams, but have always been a Dodger fan, since 1959. I’ll just have to watch more teams play to see some of my guys now!

  4. Tough to let a champion leave. I hope he becomes an expert at the 9 iron homer over the monster.

  5. I’ll miss JT, but wish him well. A good player and class act who understands that the game that has paid him $100M is the same business that causes the Dodgers not to sign him this year.

    Thank you for your contributions and just your smile JT.

  6. Shame on Dodgers replacing Justin,great player greater human, fir a big cheater that won’t do better than JT cause Dodger stadium is not easy to hit hrs like the short fence in Fenway . What would be hrs or doubbles on the green monster will just be outs in dodger stadium. Good luck JT I know you will help red Sox make playoffs

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