New Red Sox Star Explains Why He Changed Jersey Numbers

Tyler Maher
Justin Turner explained why he changed his jersey number with the Boston Red Sox.
Justin Turner explained why he changed his jersey number with the Boston Red Sox. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

When players join new teams, they often have to pick new jersey numbers as well, either because their old one is already taken by a current player or has been retired. For some players, this is a chance for them to pick a different number that is also special to them in some way.

New Boston Red Sox star Justin Turner is switching back to one of his old numbers, but that's not the only reason why he's choosing it.

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Turner, who wore No. 10 with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2014-2022, will wear No. 2 with the Red Sox. As he explained at Spring Training, the number is meaningful to him in several ways.

For starters, he wore No. 2 for most of his life growing up and with the New York Mets from 2010-2013, before joining the Dodgers. He was unable to wear No. 2 with Los Angeles, however, which had already retired the digit in honor of Hall of Fame managerTommy Lasorda, so he switched to No. 10.

Boston already has a No. 10 in Trevor Story, giving Turner the chance to get his old number back. It's a special number for the two-time All-Star, as he was born at 2:22.

It's also a special number for the Red Sox, as it was previously worn by former player and longtime broadcaster Jerry Remy, who sadly passed away in late 2021. Remy was a legend in Boston and the organization, so Turner has a lot to live up to.

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