For the first time in a long time, Justin Turner won’t be wearing ‘Dodgers’ on his chest on opening day. The star third baseman inked a deal with the Boston Red Sox last month that shook up the norm for Los Angeles baseball.
Over the weekend, JT was asked about where things went wrong in his potential return to the Dodgers. Instead of dwelling and retelling his side of the story, the veteran opted to look at the positive side of things in his time with his hometown ballclub.
“I don’t think it does anyone any good to go back and speculate as to what happened. I don’t want anything to blow back or taint the last nine years that I had and everything we accomplished. … “I’d rather celebrate the nine years than talk about maybe what could have been or should have been or didn’t happen.”Turner told Jack Harris, LA Times
Sunday marked another unofficial end to Turner’s time with the Dodgers, at least for now. The Justin Turner Foundation held an event celebrating “Justin Turner Day” in Los Angeles. The event at the LA Dream Center featured photo ops and autograph signings. Justin and Kourtney Turner also presented the center with a $49,000 check to help the LADC’s mission to support homeless veterans, children and families battling life-altering diseases and so much more.
We know that a two year deal with an opt out after 2023 doesn’t exactly fully spell the end of Justin’s time in Dodger blue. He’ll be back in some form someday and he’ll remain in the picture for a long time, whether as a coach, guest speaker, or even as a new manager.
“I don’t think anything’s gonna take away from the nine years that I had in L.A. as a Dodger. It was an absolutely incredible ride.”
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