In the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Major League Baseball was told that the Justin Turner coronavirus test taken earlier on Oct. 27 was positive. Immediately, the Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman was pulled from the game and sent into isolation. Despite that, after the Dodgers secured the World Series title with a 3-1 win vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, Turner ignored MLB’s demand that he self-isolate and celebrated with his teammates on the field.
The images of Turner embracing teammates while wearing a mask, holding the championship trophy, posing for team photos without a face covering, and kissing his wife rocked the internet late on the night of Oct. 27.
According to ESPN, nobody from MLB stopped Turner from re-entering the field after the game was over. The Wall Street Journal reported that after Turner stepped onto the field, MLB officials told security to make Turner return to isolation but that “Turner refused to leave.”
“We learned during the game [about the positive test],” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said, via the Washington Post. “He was immediately isolated to prevent spread. … It’s a bittersweet night for us. We’re glad to be done. I do think it’s a great accomplishment for our players to get this season completed, but obviously we’re concerned when any of our players test positive.”
At least one of his teammates wasn’t offended that Turner broke protocol and potentially put the Dodgers in danger, especially when he wasn’t wearing a mask.
“He’s part of the team,” teammate Mookie Betts said. “Forget all that, he’s part of the team. We’re not excluding him from anything.”
As for Turner, he said he was asymptomatic.
“Thanks to everyone reaching out!” Turner tweeted afterward. “I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps.”
Each member of the Dodgers team was to receive another coronavirus test after returning to their hotel following their World Series victory. According to the Post, it was the first positive test for an MLB player in more than six weeks.