Trey Turner, 30, was Team USA’s biggest star at the last World Baseball Classic (WBC). He batted ninth in the batting order and hit for power. Although the team finished as runners-up, his five home runs tied him with Lee for the most home runs in a single WBC tournament.
Philadelphia Phillies fans were thrilled. Turner joined the team as a free agent last offseason on an 11-year, $300 million ($39.72 billion – $36.1 billion per year) 안전놀이터contract.
But expectations quickly turned to disappointment. Two months into the season, the new starting shortstop’s bat had gone cold, unlike the WBC.
Coming into the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 25 with a .251 batting average, four home runs, and 11 RBIs on the season, Turner struggled through his first four at-bats. But in the bottom of the ninth, he had his most impressive at-bat since joining the Phillies. His two-run homer sent the game into extra innings, and the resurgent Phillies scored one more run in the 10th to win 6-5.
In his postgame press conference, Turner was asked about the situation in the bottom of the seventh inning when he was fooled by a one-bound outside slider and struck out swinging, which drew massive boos from the home fans, according to USA Today.
Turner responded by saying that his mother raised him strictly from a young age and that she “prepared me for anything that could happen in baseball. He said he even heard his mother boo him.
“My mom actually texted me and said, ‘You had a good game except for that fourth at-bat.’ ‘ I said, ‘Yeah, I didn’t have a good game,’ and she said, ‘I booed me too.'”
It’s not uncommon for a player to fall into a slump and then hit a “big one” to snap them out of it.
However, Turner’s home run should be viewed as a tipping point, not a turning point. That’s because he went silent again the next day, going 0-for-5 against the Atlanta Braves. His season batting average dropped further to .244.