It appears the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants rivalry is alive and well, even for the newcomers.
Trea Turner was only acquired at the trade deadline, which was hardly a month and a half ago, but it was obvious he’d grown sick of hearing about the NL West leaders when he was asked about them before Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres.
The Dodgers — what feels like eternally — remain 2.5 games back of the Giants in the division race as we head down the stretch.
Understandably, the media is focused on that, rather than LA’s ridiculous 15-game lead in the NL Wild Card.
But Turner doesn’t care.
If the Dodgers aren’t playing the Giants, he wants nothing to do with them. Woof. This had to have been rough for the reporter.
Dodgers star Trea Turner wasn’t happy with a reporter’s question about the Giants.
This is coming from the guy who effortlessly beats out throws with artistic slides and blows bubbles while making unthinkable defensive plays! Fans truly didn’t see that response coming to a reasonable question about the Dodgers’ playoff situation potentially becoming a lot more arduous should they be subject to a do-or-die one-game Wild Card matchup against the Padres or Reds (those two teams are vying for the second spot).
Then again, we get it. We’re sick of hearing about the Giants somehow being the best team in MLB and refusing to relinquish the division lead as they look to spoil the Dodgers’ eight-year run as NL West champs. But this is the reality. Rebuking questions isn’t going to change anything.
And the Dodgers won’t be seeing the Giants again until at least the NLDS, so does Turner really expect the questions to cease for almost a month? Not going to happen.
At the very least, Turner’s mentality of focusing on what’s in front of him is the most productive one as it pertains to the Dodgers making a run and reclaiming their spot ahead of San Fran. As long as LA keeps winning, the rest will take care of itself. The Dodgers need the Giants to lose, but their rivals won’t budge.
So, yeah, the frustration stemming from hearing about them all the time is valid, too.