Dodgers: Trea Turner’s smooth slide looks cooler every time you watch it
By Adam Weinrib
Tuesday night’s rain-soaked Dodgers victory over the Philadelphia Phillies lost out on an Aaron Nola-Max Scherzer duel halfway through.
Luckily, what it lacked in aces it made up for in smooth criminality once the middle innings hit.
New addition Trea Turner picked up the slack for his departed teammate Mad Max, providing one of the more iconic singular moments of the 2021 season after scoring from second on a Will Smith single.
Sometimes, professional athletes remind us all that they’re the very tippy-top of the athletic food chain, and Turner’s top-percentile slide into home is one of those jaw-dropping moments that makes you realize these folks are not like us.
Sure, the Dodgers went on to blank the Phils 5-0 in a game where every run most certainly did not count. Jimmy Vesia got the win and JD Hammer got the loss, robbing us of what could’ve easily been a 1-0 affair between two mound masters if not for the rainstorm.
It would’ve been nice for Turner’s slide to be the deciding run, but as a consolation prize, it’s going to be an eternal GIF.
Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner had the smooth slide of the century.
Blank check lifetime contract now? Or when? Turner’s only been a Dodger for a week, but he already seems ready to go Hollywood for life.
So disrespectful to the city of Philadelphia, too, a hard-scrabble town that’s had to work so hard for everything its ever made. And here comes Turner, waltzing into the center of the city, showing off his God-given talent. Makes a Philadelphian frustrated, I’d think.
Where does this slide rank on the all-time smoothness chart? Sources say its only main competition is Yankees utility man Tyler Wade’s slide/high-five combo from 2019, but Turner likely has the edge here because Turner is actually good.
By any metric, Turner’s speed is already something to behold. He can score from anywhere at any time on any variety of hit.
Add this slide at the tail end as a crescendo, and that just seals it. He’s the fastest man alive.