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#pounditMonday, April 15, 2024

Justin Turner almost did a Kirk Gibson after walk-off home run

Justin Turner walk-off

Justin Turner delivered a major home run on Sunday night that Dodgers fans will remember for a long time.

Turner crushed a 3-run walk-off home run to beat the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS 4-1. Turner’s big blow was actually the first walk-off home run for the Dodgers in the postseason since Kirk Gibson’s famous homer off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series.

After the game, Turner, who grew up a Dodgers fan, said he considered pulling a Gibson fist/arm pump around the bases.

“Growing up here, coming back signing with the Dodgers, I told everyone one of my earliest baseball memories I was four years old at my grandma’s house watching that game in ’88, seeing [Gibson] hit that homer. So it feels pretty cool,” Turner told TBS’ Sam Ryan after the game.

“I thought about doing the fist pump around the bases. We’ll wait til we get to the World Series for that hopefully.”

The Dodgers now lead the series 2-0 against the Cubs as they head to Chicago for Games 3-5 beginning on Tuesday.

And of course because it came up, here’s Gibson’s memorable homer:


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