Dodgers release extremely thorough Justin Turner tribute video after Red Sox deal goes final
By Adam Weinrib
In case you thought the Dodgers forgot about third baseman and franchise icon Justin Turner after he defected to the Boston Red Sox this offseason, the team's Twitter account delivered an emphatic no on Friday afternoon when Turner's deal in Boston became official.
While Turner may never rise to the level of MLB iconography enjoyed by Dodgers like Sandy Koufax or Kirk Gibson, JT holds a unique place in LA's postseason history as ... well, as the franchise's most prominent postseason performer. He might not be bound for Cooperstown, but it'll take another Dodger quite a long time to match his franchise records for postseason games played (86), runs scored (43), hits (85) and doubles (19).
Once the ink dried and the corresponding move was made to usher in Turner's Sox deal, the Dodgers' video team proved they had done their due diligence gathering the goods to say goodbye to their former star.
Turner went from a New York Mets castoff to a bearded bat magician with an undeniable spot in an iconic franchise's record books. In order to properly celebrate him, the Dodgers made sure to pinpoint all the unmissable segments of his Hollywood timeline.
And yes, that includes Turner's "Dodgers record" 0.00 ERA.
Dodgers say farewell to Justin Turner with record-setting highlight video
Don't forget the defense. Don't forget the All-Star appearances. And definitely don't forget the postseason and World Series homers, which really gain effectiveness when they're laid out end-to-end in a highlight video.
Other than Clayton Kershaw, there isn't a Dodger alive who'll merit a tribute video this power-packed upon their departure.
Surely, JT and Kiké Hernández can watch this together in the cramped Fenway Park clubhouse, after the other beloved ex-Dodger promised to keep his former teammate safe in his new home.
The Dodgers want NO part of Turner and Hernández in an emotional World Series rematch for the ages, but considering how well both players perform in the postseason, it can't be ruled out if Boston sneaks into a Wild Card spot or goes on an unsustainable, 2013-esque run of dominance.
The Turner farewell montage isn't getting updated either way, though. That's a promise.
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