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.
Dear LA… pic.twitter.com/GBaXJdyqcV
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) January 7, 2023
“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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