Justin Turner, it’s time for you to apologize.
I have lived in Los Angeles long enough to know what you mean to the Dodgers, especially to the baseball fans in Los Angeles. They have seen you grow from a local professional player to a team that won the World Series for the first time in 32 years. The rising star.
You are one of the most dazzling stars in baseball, but you have followed the greatest victory of your life with a dim and dangerous move.
The post-match celebration after the sixth game of winning the title not only puts everyone around him at risk. At a time when the pandemic is raging, you are at the center when you know that you have tested positive for the coronavirus, which dampens the legacy of the championship team and sends a terrible message to the fans.
When your coronavirus test returns to positive late in the sixth game, you withdraw from the game and are isolated. That is an agreement.
Soon after the Dodgers won, you posted a tweet: “I can’t believe I can’t celebrate with my guys there.”
However, at that time, you knew you were carrying a dangerous virus, but you were still guarding the scene with your team. Here, not only with your teammates, but also with many others: with your wife, other players’ families, team leaders, league officials and the media. You put down the hug, back and kiss. You are sitting next to your manager, Dave Roberts, cancer survivor.
It’s safe to say that not everyone knows that you have the virus.
I tried to understand and find empathy.
Everyone will get the moment you have been waiting for all your life. For Southern California men who grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and attended college, this victory must be particularly special. A guy who initially left a deep memory in a baseball game is watching Kirk Gibson and the Dodgers win the 1988 World Series on his grandmother’s TV.
Your background story is one of gritty people. After a series of dull seasons, you were left behind by the Mets at the age of 28, and then became the emotional center of the All-Star third baseman and World Series champion. All this proves courage.
In other words, it is not difficult to imagine what you are thinking. “Did you miss this celebration? Tighten it!” Maybe the discipline by then failed you at the worst possible time.
No one in the public really knows.
You have gone through so much effort to win this championship. A series of playoff losses. Two losses in the World Series, including a loss to the Houston Astros in 2017, a major league baseball team was later cheated.
Add the pressure, tension and pain of the pandemic.
Maybe you succumb to what psychologists call Covid Fatigue. When we try to taste the normal phenomenon, this can lead to wrong decisions, and sometimes even dangerous ones.
You know the risks. You have a reputation as an enforcer of health agreements.
After the game, you wrote in a tweet: “I have no symptoms at all.” But you must know that feeling good does not exempt responsibility. You can feel good, but you can spread the virus to other people who also feel good, and then that person can spread it to the person who is eventually hospitalized.
You cannot turn a blind eye to the damage caused by the virus on a global scale. So far, more than 229,000 people have died in the United States. Hopefully we will find that you still feel good and that you have never had any Covid-19 symptoms.
Potential long-term effects on people who are sick and surviving. Kenley Jansen, the star reliever of your team, underwent surgery to correct irregular heartbeats in the past few years and contracted the virus before this strange season began. Even if he was allowed to start the game, Janssen felt it had been for several weeks.
Your actions slapped all the dead. All those who have lost loved ones. Everyone got sick and struggled. For doctors and nurses, grocery store clerks and postal workers. For children trapped at home, they go to school through laptops.
You should make corrections to your fans, baseball fans, all viewers, and everyone who sees you as a role model.
You also owe it to your teammates. They want you to celebrate on the court, but this is not appropriate.
This year’s World Series is destined to be the first game in the pandemic. But now, whenever future generations look back, Clayton Kershaw’s pitch and Corey Seager’s Most Valuable Player Award will be yours Image, no face mask and positive for coronavirus, sitting between you and your teammates with the championship trophy.
At the time of writing, you have not apologized. At least not publicly. Neither does Major League Baseball.
That means you, Rob Manfred. You are a commissioner. This cannot all be attributed to a player who made a mistake in judgment.
Of course, there has never been a season like this. After a terrible early attempt-players are infected in batches, games are cancelled-you almost have to pull it away with some motivation. Until Turner, no players had tested positive for the virus in the past two months.
You are even blessed by luck. An example: the series did not reach the seventh game. Can it be played as planned if Turner tests positive?
Baseball has many questions to answer. Turner’s test results returned in the 6th game, not before the start of the game, which is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone on the field that night. So far, there is no good explanation for how this terrible mistake happened.
Of course, Turner ignored the agreement and rushed to the ground when he was told not to. Major League Baseball has already attributed the blame to him in a statement announcing the investigation.
But Mr. Manfred, who is ultimately responsible for everything that happened on the scene? you are.
It’s time to give yourself a place in this chaos, just like Turner must have him.