You might have seen the Dodgers payers rocking new pregame shirts this season. While they often wear topical baseball shirts while getting ready before games, this year they had their own produced. And it turns out it was Trea Turner who spurred that on.
The Dodgers shortstop had everyone on the team wearing Austin Barnes shirts with a captain’s C over the chest. That led many to wonder what it meant and what brought about the new pregame wardrobe choice.
Well, now we know. In speaking with am5770’s Dave Vassegh this week, Turner told the story about how those shirts came about. And it sounds like Barnes has a whole lot of respect in that Dodgers clubhouse.
“He’s our captain. He led us early in the year, he hit our first homer of the year. He put us on our back early with all those homers. We started to call him captain and it stuck. He hates it so I had these shirts made to make everyone know that he’s our fearless leader, and I remind them every single day.”
Turner also added that Barnes did not want to wear the shirt, even though he keeps trying to give it to him. Humble as always, Barnes just goes about his business and leads by example. What a guy to have on the Dodgers.
Barnes did have some big hits earlier in the year, including homering in his first 2 games. And while Will Smith continues to be the starting catcher and put up All-Star numbers, Barnes is the exact kind of guy you want up on the railing when the team is on the field.
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