Trea Turner knows how to play with style.
The Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop quickly went viral on Tuesday night when he slid into home plate to score a run in the sixth inning of a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
But it was not just any ordinary slide.
Turner was hustling around third base to beat a throw home from Bryce Harper when he smoothly glided behind Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, as if he were sliding on ice, with his left hand swiping home plate and naturally popping back up onto both feet and even added a little twirl at the end, too.
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There’s really no good way to describe it to do it justice, so just watch.
Turner was asked about the slide after the game.
“I’ve been doing that a long time,” he said. “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.”
Now any time there is a “sliding into the DMs” joke made on Twitter, it will surely include Turner’s slide.
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