Uh, so, that World Series, huh? I’ll be honest: I really didn’t watch the games. If anything, I just had them on in the background while I was reading before bed. I didn’t want the Dodgers to win, but they did. I’ve never liked the Dodgers, and now that they have Mookie Betts FOR TWELVE YEARS everything just hurts, ya know? 😭
So after thinking that the Miami Marlins were going to single handedly shut down the entire league two weeks into the shortened 60 game season, I honestly didn’t think we’d get to the World Series. But if we were going to, I guess it was going to end in the most ironic way possible.
We’ll briefly discuss the whole Kevin Cash/analytics thing to get that out of the way.
Blake Snell was pitching pretty well into the sixth inning with a 1-0 lead, only giving up one hit and had nine strikeouts, and his night came to an end after giving up a second hit. The next three in the Dodgers lineup were Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner, and Cash was like, “You know what, I’m gonna pull Snell even though he’s dominating the Dodgers rn and put in Nick Anderson.”
This is when the game fell apart and Twitter blew up, as you’d expect. I wasn’t watching the game but saw SO many tweets on my timeline and put two and two together. Did Cash get advice from Buck Showalter prior to the game?
I’m sure most people thought that this was going to be the highlight of Game 6. Well, hold on to your masks, folks, because: Justin Turner. (No, seriously, hold on to your masks if you’re around him.)
He was pulled in the seventh inning by manager Dave Roberts and then put in isolation in an examination room BECAUSE HIS SECOND COVID TEST OF THE WEEK CAME BACK POSITIVE.
The league had learned in the second inning that Turner’s Monday COVID test was positive. So they rushed his Tuesday test, which came back positive, too, and they learned that in the seventh inning. Thus why he was pulled.
According to Tom Verducci at SI, as soon as the Dodgers won the World Series, MLB security personnel informed Turner he should remain in isolation, but as one source told Verducci, “He just basically said ‘[expletive] it, I’m going out there.'”
SO HE GOES OUT ON TO THE FIELD TO CELEBRATE WITH HIS TEAMMATES AFTER TESTING POSITIVE AND THEN TAKES HIS MASK OFF DURING THE TEAM PHOTO NEXT TO DAVE ROBERTS WHO IS A CANCER SURVIVOR.
I have many questions:
1. I think this was the first positive COVID test in a while for MLB, so what happened?
2. They were playing the World Series in a bubble—the Costco that is the new Texas Rangers stadium—so how did he get COVID?
3. Shouldn’t they be receiving test results prior to the start of the game so that players who are actually positive aren’t exposing themselves to other players and team staff?
4. WHY DID THEY LET HIM BACK OUT ON TO THE FIELD TO CELEBRATE?
5. WHY DID HE THINK IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE HIS MASK OFF FOR THE TEAM PHOTO WHEN HE WAS AROUND OTHER PEOPLE?
6. NO SERIOUSLY, DID SOMEONE ACTUALLY TRY TO STOP HIM FROM GOING OUT ON TO THE FIELD?
They’re going to have to melt down the World Series trophy—I mean, commissioner Rob Manfred did call it just “a piece of metal”—and make a new one. I wouldn’t even touch that thing with a ten foot pole after seeing pictures of Turner holding it last night.
MLB is now investing what happened, although it seems pretty clear: the league received two tests during Game 6, told the Dodgers, and Roberts pulled Turner in the seventh; Turner was put in isolation; after the Dodgers won the World Series Turner said screw it and left isolation, wore a mask but took it off, and infected who knows how many on the field. Because there weren’t just players and team staff out there—there were also members of the media, and families WITH CHILDREN.
I’m sure more will come out about this incident this week, and I don’t know if MLB will hand down any punishments, but I hope they’re ready to do a bunch of contract tracing.