The end of the 32-year-long title drought has been a sensational milestone for Los Angeles Dodgers. However, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who tested positive for COVID mid-game, joined the rest of the squad for celebration after the match and has raised new concern amongst the champions.
Dodgers defeated Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 of the MLB World Series to clinch their 7th trophy, tasting their first title since 1988. Ending the long wait of more than three decades was a glorious moment for Dave Roberts and his squad as they rushed onto the Globe Life Field diamond.
Justin Turner, who walked out of play before the eighth inning due to testing positive for COVID, was supposed to remain isolated for the rest of the match and the trophy celebrations as MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated after the match.
Justin Turner ‘didn’t isolate’ and went back to the pitch to celebrate
Justin Turner, who started as the No. 3 hitter and third baseman, returned positive results from his Tuesday test and was immediately pulled away from the ongoing match. However, the 35-year-old fell to the excitement as he found the way to join his fellow Dodgers for the celebration.
He hugged Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and also posed next to manager Dave Roberts for the group photo, as well as was even seen holding the coveted trophy.
My heart breaks for Turner. Just brutal. pic.twitter.com/CVT9t0U1Rz
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) October 28, 2020
Justin Turner returns to the field for the team picture. pic.twitter.com/NmXBbU7Mo7
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2020
The answer is he went back out and nobody stopped him. He was asked to isolate and didn’t. https://t.co/AFyWN0Xt0b
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 28, 2020
The player himself tweeted out following the game that he was asymptomatic and also congratulated the team for their triumph.
Thanks to everyone reaching out! I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA#WorldSeriesChamps
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 28, 2020
Be that as it may, all Dodgers players were given rapid COVID-19 after they returned to the team hotel as the management worry of a possible spread of the virus from Turner during the celebrations.