The Los Angeles Dodgers renewed their friendly rivalry with the pesky San Diego Padres on Thursday night and firmly embarrassed them — and San Diego didn’t even have to wear their brand new pink-and-teal jerseys to feel that all-important shame!
LA took Game 1 of the set at Dodger Stadium with a 3-1 victory, with all three runs coming off the bat of Justin Turner, who dingered twice in the aftermath of Dodgers Way calling for him to be deemphasized moving forward. Our bad, but also … you’re welcome?
Turner deserved a moment like this (shoutout Kelly Clarkson), as his 2022 season hasn’t been up to snuff, leading to fans calling for an earlier Miguel Vargas cameo than anticipated. Credit where credit’s due, though, as he singlehandedly delivered a victory over a Padres team that was nipping at his heels/throwing their ace in the series opener.
About that ace … apparently, Joe Musgrove wasn’t very impressed with Turner on Thursday, regardless of the result.
Musgrove told those gathered around him in the clubhouse postgame that Turner isn’t a “huge threat,” and it’s unclear if he was referring to just this season or the duration of JT’s Dodgers career.
Regardless of timeframe, Musgrove might be interested to know that Turner owns him and has always owned him.
Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove gives up two homers to Dodgers’ Justin Turner, says Turner is bad anyway
A .917 slugging percentage against Musgrove! That’s the most threatening non-threat you’ll ever see.
Not following why this would happen? Keep in mind that Musgrove was the man in the Astros locker room dropping NSFW messages for the Dodgers back in 2017, and it might begin to clarify itself: he just doesn’t like these dudes. On-field results mean very little with the hatred runs this deep.
And what were those on-field results, again? Sorry, forgot. Been a while. Been writing this article, forgot about how Musgrove did on Thursday night.
Oh, right! Shades of Taylor Walls calling the Yankees “beatable” a month ago before his Rays proceeded to be swept at Yankee Stadium and drop a home series to the Bombers.
When will these beloved little brothers realize that they need a ring in the trophy case before they can start spouting disprovable inaccuracies?
Musgrove is certainly a threat to miss bats, but he couldn’t one-up Mitch White in this particular series, so perhaps it’s not the best time for an inaccurate history lesson.