Who would’ve thought that someone once viewed as career minor leaguer, someone who’s walk-up song is Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” could mean so much to one team. Yet New York Mets infielder Justin Turner does just that.
Justin Turner, a contender for Rookie of the Year for a good part of the 2011 season, has surprisingly been possibly the best clutch hitter on the entire Mets team during his young career. Last night in the second installment of this year’s Subway Series, he delivered a two out, bases loaded, 2 run single against the New York Yankees — which at this point is the norm for him. This season, the redheaded Turner is batting a staggering .444 with runners in scoring position as has an on-base percentage of .476. Stunningly, those numbers are even better after the first two outs have been recorded. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Turner is hitting .500 with an OBP of .538.
Not only has he been incredibly clutch for the Mets these past couple of years, but he’s also brought an intangible energy to this ball club. If you remember, last season it was Justin Turner who started “The Spotlight” which was a hand gesture that Mets players would “shine” on teammates as well as themselves after delivering big. This season, Turner’s been the “pie guy”. Any time the Mets have walked-off this season or after unbelievable pitching performances like R.A. Dickey’s back-to-back one-hitters and Johan Santana’s historic no-hitter, it’s been Turner that has run up to the hero to shove a pie, shaving or whipped.
Justin Turner is who the Mets are: a gritty, exciting, clutch and fun-to-watch team. It’s players like this that contending teams need. Carly Rae Jepsen just adds to the magic.
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