Trea Turner

Trea Turner knows he has not played well this season, admitting recently that, “I’ve sucked.”

The Philadelphia Phillies’ big offseason free-agent prize (11 years, $300 million) has not lived up to expectations, and he heard the boos Wednesday at Citizens Bank Stadium. If you think being booed by the home fans is tough, it could be much, much worse — Turner says his own mother booed him during the game.

The two-time All-Star shortstop could admit that hard truth after his big finish Wednesday, as his two-run homer in the ninth inning tied the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phils went on to win 6-5 in 10 innings.

Afterward, Turner talked to reporters about hearing the boos. That’s when he admitted his mom, Donna, sent him a text that he saw after the game. It contained a brutal message.

“Good game, except for your fourth at-bat. I was booing you,” the text from his mother read.


When asked about the boos from the home fans, Turner said his mother prepared him for such situations.

“They don’t bother me,” Turner said (via “My mom prepared me for anything in this game or in this world. She was tough on me from an early age, and not much fazes me.”

Turner’s mother is still his biggest fan — and his toughest critic.


About Arthur Weinstein

Arthur spends his free time traveling around the U.S. to sporting events, state and national parks, and in search of great restaurants off the beaten path.