Kiké Hernández celebrates Red Sox signing former Dogers teammate Justin Turner
It’s been a largely underwhelming and disappointing offseason in Red Sox Nation.
The club has lost more than it’s gained, and ticket prices are going up while morale falls.
Allow Kiké Hernández to give you something to smile about.
On Sunday evening, when it was confirmed that the Sox were in agreement with Justin Turner on a two-year deal, the super-utility player did exactly what fans do: he took to Twitter to react.
Immediately after the news broke, Hernández kept it simple:
Minutes later, he followed his smiley face up with a photo:
A couple hours later, he was still reveling in the upcoming reunion:
Hernández also liked a tweet that should give fans an idea of the kind of player and person Turner’s teammates think he is:
Turner is the third former Dodger to sign with the Sox this offseason; bullpen newcomers Chris Martin and Kenley Jansen both wore Dodger Blue, though Martin didn’t overlap with Hernández. The Sox signed Hernández ahead of the 2021 season, and the Dodgers only acquired Martin from the Chicago Cubs at this year’s trade deadline.
Jansen spent the first 12 years of his career with the Dodgers, so he and Hernández were teammates from 2015-20, winning the World Series in their last season together. Hernández was quick to react when news broke about his signing earlier this month, too.
When the Sox gave Hernández a one-year extension before the 2022 season even ended, he revealed to reporters that the deciding factor was a guarantee from Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom: he’d build a better roster for 2023. It’s hard to argue they’ve accomplished that thus far; Xander Bogaerts is irreplaceable and Rafael Devers remains unsigned.
But in terms of bringing Hernández’s former teammates to Boston, they’re clearly doing well, likely because he’s been giving them a hand. During the Winter Meetings earlier this month, Bloom and manager Alex Cora revealed that Hernández is one of the players who’s been helping the club recruit free agents.
Hopefully, a little Dodgers reunion will inject some fun back into this ball club.