1. Walk-off home run in Game 2 of the 2017 NLCS
Could it have been anything else?
Exactly 29 years after Kirk Gibson hit the most important home run in Los Angeles Dodgers history, Justin Turner stepped up to the plate against the John Lackey of the defending World Series Champions in a 1-1 game.
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With runners on first and second and two outs, Turner took little time to send Dodger fans home happy. On the second pitch he saw from Lackey, Turner blasted a breaking ball over the center-field wall two put the Dodgers two wins away from their first Pennant in 29 years.
The Dodgers went on to win the series four games to one and without this home run, things could have been much different. The Cubs had offensive firepower and could have easily taken the lead in the 10th, and who knows where the series would have gone from there.
Turner went on to be named the joint-NLCS MVP alongside Chris Taylor and continued his hot-hitting with Taylor into Game 1 of the World Series, where he produced the fourth-most memorable moment on this list.
And to get a little personal again, this was my dad’s birthday and all he wanted was to stay home, grill Dodger Dogs and watch the Dodger game. 29 years after he witnessed Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run on his birthday, my dad jumped for joy as Turner, yet again, came up in the clutch.
Justin Turner’s story might be of the Cal State Fullerton grad who was a hidden gem find by the Los Angeles Dodgers. But his legacy will forever be someone who brought the city of Los Angeles nothing but joy, both with his clutch hitting on the field, and more importantly, his contributions off of it.