Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Gavin Lux was instrumental in the Los Angeles Dodgers stringing together a two-out rally in their comeback win against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day, but it was his slide into home plate that may be what most remember.
After tying the game with a two-out single, Lux scored the go-ahead run from first base on Mookie Betts’ RBI double down the left-field line. In doing so, Lux went into a bellyflop of a slide onto home plate.
“It was pretty funny is what it was. It was bad,” said Trea Turner, who has seemingly mastered the art of sliding.
“I saw it happen at third base. He almost missed third and fell at third. I’m just glad he made it home and there wasn’t a play. I’m glad there wasn’t a throw from shortstop. That’s something funny that we’re definitely not going to let him live down.”
Turner said he would not need to give Lux any advice on sliding and added, “He’ll figure it out. He’s young. He’ll figure it out.”
Gavin Lux slide due to fatigue?
Playing at higher altitude, Lux surmised his legs gave out after reaching second base and thus caused him to essentially stumble the rest of the way. “It wasn’t fun, but it’s funny looking back at it,” he admitted.
Turner, however, was not sold. “Yeah, I’m sure that’s what it was. It had nothing to do with him stumbling or just being all sorts of goofy on that play,” Turner said.
“But he’s good. He came up big for us today and I’m glad we can laugh about it.”
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