Trea Turner may have just pulled off the coolest play in Major League Baseball this season. On Tuesday, the 28-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop flew around third base and scored on a Will Smith single against the Philadelphia Phillies en route to a 5-0 win. But how Turner scored got everyone buzzing as he reached out and touched home plate with his left hand as he slid through and then used his bottom leg to move into a standing position with ease, as mentioned by MLB.com.
"I've been doing that a long time," Turner said after the game. "That's just how I slide, I guess. I try to not hit the ground very hard because it usually doesn't feel great, so I try to be as soft as I can and slide, whether it's head-first or feet-first. I try to avoid tags, but that's just how I've slid basically my whole life."
Turner joined the Dodgers in July after spending his first six and half seasons with the Washington Nationals. He's one of the fastest players in the league, leading the National League in stolen bases in 2018. He was named to the All-Star Team this year as he's currently batting .322 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs. Here's a look at fans reacting to the very cool slide.
Trea Turner Slide pic.twitter.com/jQnm7Tj2XU— Dodgers Dougout Podcast (@Dodgers_Dougout) August 11, 2021
One person wrote: "I have watched this 376 times and after this comment will probably continue to watch it lol. Feel like this is how Michael Jackson would slide."prevnext
Trea Turner with the smoothest slide of the season so far 😎August 11, 2021
Now, this is the complete opposite of smooth. A fan responded: "This is wrong on so many levels. I guess that is a new form of face planting."prevnext
There's fast and then there's Trea Turner fast. pic.twitter.com/7yS8pPiMY4— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 9, 2021
Trea Turner with possibly the SMOOTHEST slide in Baseball history! pic.twitter.com/ylaCYoBPAi— LA Jay (@susLAJay) August 11, 2021
Another fan tweeted: "Optical illusion. His hand slid right over the base but it looks like his hands didn't even touch the ground at all unless you try to ignore his legs and focus on his arms."prevnext
Trea Turner is a cheat code 😂 pic.twitter.com/KZE0OzL9Vn— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 8, 2021
Could Turner be the boost the Dodgers need to win another World Series? One fan wrote: "I love his attitude and aggressiveness. Giving the Dodgers the booster shot they needed."prevnext
Buster's slide is smoother than Trea Turner's, don't @ us 😂 pic.twitter.com/hZzxCugut9— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 11, 2021
The San Francisco Giants have something to say about the slide. One fan responded: "Just sad comparing to dodgers always i get it ya wanna have the success like us. BTW none of your donation titles count!!"prev