The Dodgers are now a few weeks removed from their first World Series victory in 32 years. Unfortunately, most of the talk since then has drifted towards the post game celebration that took place with Justin Turner on the field. Turner had tested positive for COVID-19, though players have defended him since that night, revealing that the team asked him to come on the field.
The good news is that the investigation is over and MLB will not issue a punishment for Turner. JT also issue a statement of his own recognizing the irresponsibility of his actions, and it seems to have passed. For Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, he felt it was a failure on all sides. Doc talked about it on the Rich Eisen show last week.
I think for all of us Rich, this is something new to everybody. This entire pandemic. So how to do things the right way and now you kind of bake in emotion, we all could have done a better job. And that goes from Major League Baseball, to the Dodgers to Justin, to our personnel. I think we all could have done better.
Roberts recognizing that there is blame on multiple fronts seems fair. The Dodgers and Turner obviously fell short in letting their emotions overcome them and getting him on the field to celebrate. The league fell short in a few different ways.
First of all, their ‘bubble’ that was designed to keep the coronavirus from spreading across playoff teams failed. Dodgers players talked about the holes that were in the bubble, including reporters and MLB staff routinely breaking protocol and going to the golf courses. They also failed to stop Turner from going onto the field in the first place.
The good news? It’s over and we can move on. The Dodgers are your 2020 World Series Champions, and no one can take that away from us.