Justin Turner Returns to Celebrate World Series Win After Getting Removed From Game For COVID

The Major League Baseball season officially ended Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, in Game 6. Overshadowing the Dodgers' first world title in 32 was the fact that star third baseman Justin Turner got removed from the game in the seventh inning for a positive COVID test.

Now, a storyline overtaking that was Turner's presence on the field—holding the championship trophy and celebrating with his teammates. Turner was also spotted on the field without a mask for a photo with teammates, and he was hugging people on the field at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Justin Turner is on the field with the trophy. pic.twitter.com/MFn7DDH1om

— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 28, 2020

Justin Turner celebrating on the field, mask down, after being pulled in the 7th inning after testing positive for the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/JOgtYBuhjI

— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) October 28, 2020

Turner went 0-for-3 on Tuesday in the Series-clinching game, and was pulled after the Dodgers took a late lead.

The Dodgers won Game 6 on Tuesday, but they trailed 1-0 since the first inning. The Dodgers plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth after Adam Barnes and Mookie Betts scored to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. Turner flied out to left in the bottom of the sixth for the second out, and he was replaced in the seventh inning by Enrique Hernandez, who struck out swinging in the eighth inning.

ESPN's Jeff Passan said he learned in the second inning Tuesday night that Turner's test sample from Monday (a day off for both teams) came back as inclusive, and that Turner had to take another test Tuesday. Turner's newest test showed positive. By the time MLB had gotten word, and before they could pull Turner from the game, the Dodgers had taken the lead.

Turner initially was not on the field for the post-game celebrations and trophy presentations, but his teammates, coaches and their family members on the field were seen wearing protective masks during the celebration. Then, photos and tweets surfaced of Turner holding the championship trophy—though, he was wearing a mask over his bushy, red beard.

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Justin Turner #10 (far right) of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his wife Kourtney Pogue, look on after the teams 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After the game, Turner tweeted that he was feeling fine, and that he was happy for both his teammates and the city of Los Angeles.

"Thanks to everyone reaching out! 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," Turner wrote.

The 2020 baseball season was postponed two weeks before it was to begin. With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the country hard in mid-March, Major League Baseball canceled the final two weeks of spring training and indefinitely postponed the season.

This summer, the season cranked back up, but with no fans in the stadiums and just a 60-game schedule per team. The playoffs were even restricted as most were played at neutral sites, and with just limited fans for the World Series.

It's the seventh overall World Series title for the Dodgers in 21 appearances. For the Rays, it was their second-ever appearance in the Fall Classic. They fell to 0-2 all time.