Well, Trea Turner did it again … and again.
After coming off of a grand slam that assisted Team USA to the World Baseball Classic semifinals on Saturday night, Turner hit not one, but two home runs on Sunday against Cuba.
His multi-home run game was just the second time one such feat occurred in Team USA history. According to MLB Network’s Sarah Langs, he joined the likes of Ken Griffey Jr. … who also happens to be the current team’s hitting coach.
2nd multi-HR game in Team USA WBC history, joining:
3/10/2006 Ken Griffey Jr.
THE HITTING COACH!!!!
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) March 20, 2023
Yep, insert mind-blown emoji, here.
Griffey had himself one heck of a WBC campaign back in 2006.
It was the inaugural season of the tournament, and The Kid showed up in his usual style. He hit three home runs and batted .524 in three games.
A similar outing that Turner is having.
In the bottom of the second inning, Turner hit a 428-foot home run off of Roenis Elías to left field:
Trea Turner keeps crushing homers for Team USA! ⚾️💣 pic.twitter.com/1qB7Bqn5aR
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) March 19, 2023
He followed that up with another shot to left in the bottom of the sixth inning off Elian Leyva:
Captain America? Trea Turner has homered AGAIN!
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) March 20, 2023
We’re sensing a theme here …
Langs also mentioned Turner’s entire WBC has been historic at the plate. His four total home runs are the most by a Team USA player in a single WBC. Tied with Wladimir Balenien, who played for The Netherlands in 2017, and in 2006, Adrian Beltre who represented the Dominican Republic. It was the second-most overall in a single WBC.
One would imagine Philadelphia Phillies fans are elated to see what Turner has done at the plate for Team USA. He just signed an 11-year, $300-million deal this offseason.
Worth every penny.