VIERA, FL – MARCH 11: Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals makes a throw to first base during the fourth inning of a spring training game against the New York Mets at Space Coast Stadium on March 11, 2016 in Viera, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Trea Turner has talent most of us can hardly dream of. He’s one of the fastest players in Major League Baseball, he hit .342 with a .937 OPS as a rookie in 2016 and he’s capable of playing shortstop, second base or center field. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting last year, despite playing only half a season, and he should be an All-Star for years to come.

But at the end of the day, he has to go to jury duty once in a while, just like you do.

On Wednesday, Turner was absent from Nationals training camp due to some obligations in the courtroom.

But Turner, know for his speed, was not gone for long. Less than a half hour after the barrage of reports about his jury duty, the shortstop tweeted that he had done his civic duty and was getting back on the field.

Turner must have come up with some fancy excuse to get out of jury duty. Maybe he told the judge that his Major League Baseball schedule would not readily permit him to serve on a jury. Or that his relative fame would distract from the judicial process. Or maybe his uncle is a lawyer or something. Who knows.

But just remember next time you roll your eyes at a jury duty notice, Trea Turner feels your pain.

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