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Dodgers: Justin Turner Borrows Albert Pujols’ Bat For Big Homerun



We’re starting to think that Dodgers players only hit homeruns to get a hug from Albery Pujols. Whenever one of them goes deep in a game, Tio Albert is there at the end of the dugout waiting to embrace his guys. And every single time, it’s worth a picture. 

Justin Turner got one himself on Sunday against the Padres. Looking to seal the sweep over San Diego, the Dodgers infielder launched one in the 7th inning to double the Dodgers lead. He took Emilio Pagan deep and Los Angeles never looked back. 

Not only did JT get a Pujols’ hug out of that, but apparently, he used his bat to hit the homer. The Dodgers third baseman posted about it on his Instagram account following the big win. 

It’s not uncommon for ballplayers to borrow other guys’ bats, especially if they’re adjusting to different speeds of a pitcher. Dodgers fans have seen that a lot in recent years, especially with guys like Chase Utley in the organization. 

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Still, it’s pretty cool to see JT hit a homer with Tio Albert’s bat and then to get a hug. It’s a special group of guys this year. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Trying a different bat has its novelty, but having a manager who knows where to place his players in the batting order to get the most out of their talent is a more novel and stable approach which can bring consistency by playing to the strengths of the talent he has been given. Hint hint. That the Dodgers are doing as well as they are is a testament to the players, not to their manager.

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