Wenger: Training key for youngsters

first_img The findings, including proposals for some clubs to have ‘B’ teams playing lower-league football, as they do in Germany and Spain, will be announced at Wembley Stadium at 2pm. Wenger – who earlier this season took charge of his 1,000th match and was one of the hundreds of people spoken to by the commission – believes getting youngsters up to the required standard for first-team football at whatever level should be the priority. “At the moment with the development of young players in England, you have to balance the training and the competition. For me the competition has too much importance, and the training too little,” the 64-year-old French coach said. “The time the kids spend on the pitch from the age of eight to 17 in training is too short. The time they spend in competition is too big, so to add more competition does not make sense. “The sense is made by reducing the competition time and increasing the time in training. “I have seen too many kids come to the age of 17 or 18 and they cannot head the ball, they have no left foot because they have not practised enough. “After, what they try to do is to improve the level of competition after the age of 18, when the education is finished. That makes sense because at the moment you have a problem for the people who come out of the academies who don’t get the level of competition they need. That is why some clubs have feeder clubs.” Wenger rejects the notion that England just simply do not produce enough players of the highest quality for the national squad. Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes greater technical education of young players who “cannot head the ball and have no left foot” over simply just playing matches is key to the development of English football. “We read in the papers at the moment that everyone pushes England to take as many young players as we can (to the World Cup), so you see England still produces young talent,” the Arsenal boss added. “Every single club, despite the big foreign players, the young players come through when they have the quality, and that is what you have to target. “It is not to fight for mediocrity, it is to fight for quality.” The report from Dyke is also likely to call for a crackdown on the abuse of work permits for non-EU players – the rules state they are supposed to be regular internationals, but that is often not the case. Wenger maintains having high-quality overseas talent can only enhance the progress of home-grown talent. “The bigger players we have in England, the more the young players will develop because they develop in contact with those players,” he said. “To get rid of big players would be a massive mistake for the education and quality of the young players – the kid who is good at school, if you put him in a good class he will develop. If you put him in a bad class he will not develop as quickly. In our game it is exactly the same. “I give you one training session with very good players, and one session exactly the same with average players and you will see two different things, that is why the quality of the development of these very young players is very important.” Following the publication of the report, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport, Clive Efford, said: “This report focuses the majority of its attention at elite player development – but without improving facilities and the quality of coaching at the grass roots throughout our communities this will all come to nothing.” “At a time when the wealth in the game has been growing at an eye-watering rate investment in grass roots has been going down. “This cannot continue and the FA and the Premier League cannot continue to get away with this.” A plan of action to increase the number of English players in the Barclays Premier League is expected to be unveiled when Football Association chairman Greg Dyke reveals the findings of his England Commission later on Thursday. Dyke set up the commission to tackle the issues around the lack of opportunities for English players in the top flight and also focus on the future of the England team. last_img read more

Justin Turner’s 3-run walk-off homer gives Dodgers 2-0 NLCS lead

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I thought about doing a fist pump going around the bases,” Turner said, referring to Gibson’s reaction during his gimpy-legged circuit in 1988. “We’ll wait until the World Series for that one.”The Dodgers moved tantalizingly close to reaching that goal for the first time since ’88. The best-of-7 NLCS now heads to Chicago for Game 3 on Tuesday with the Dodgers up two games to none.“Awesome,” Chris Taylor said simply. “Going to Chicago up two games is huge.”The Gibson and Turner home run comparisons diverge in one significant way. Gibson’s came off the best closer in the game at the time (future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley). Turner’s came off faded starter John Lackey. No longer the 23-year-old rookie who started Game 7 of the 2002 World Series for the Angels, Lackey has been relegated to the bullpen in what might be his farewell fall.But Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been playing a game of Jenga with every bullpen move this postseason. Lackey was the wrong block to pull. Whicker: Justin Turner’s homer is a thrill, but not a surprise Miller: Justin Turner goes Kirk Gibson and makes everything right again Maddon used closer Wade Davis to get seven crucial outs in the Cubs’ NLDS Game 5 victory Thursday and had him only for “limited pitches” Sunday.“If we had got the lead, he (Davis) would have pitched. That’s it,” Maddon said. “(Lackey) was going to pitch the next inning too and two righties were coming up right there. I liked him a lot on the first guy (Chris Taylor). Once that walk occurred, all bets were off against Turner. Nobody is a great matchup against Turner.”That is an understatement in the postseason.Turner drove in all four of the Dodgers’ runs Sunday – one on a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning, three on the home run – and is now batting .772 (13 for 18) with runners in scoring position during his postseason career. The Dodgers drew nine walks Sunday night, two in the ninth inning as their “win-every-pitch” approach set the table for Turner’s three-run walk-off homer that gave the Dodgers a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of their National League Championship Series. Video: Justin Turner’s 3-run walk-off home run extends the Dodgers’ NLCS lead over the Cubs “I’m not saying he’s David Ortiz. But I played with David and you’re talking about big spots and coming up big – J.T.’s that guy for us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He just has that pulse where he can just kind of keep his calm and stay within the strike zone. He’s also just not afraid to fail and wants to be in that spot.”The Dodgers put him in that position by staying remarkably disciplined with their postseason approach at the plate.Cubs starter Jon Lester was pitching on short rest, having thrown 55 pitches in 3-2/3 innings of relief during the Cubs’ NLDS Game 4 loss on Wednesday. The Dodgers took Lester out into deep water with 28-, 20- and 22-pitch innings in the second, third and fourth.They got to him for a run in the fifth, driving his pitch count over 100 and ending his night. In 21 career postseason starts, it was the first time Lackey failed to complete five innings.“I think when we’re fighting off those tough pitches and working the count, we’re thinking, ‘They’ve got to give in at some point,’” Taylor said. “That’s kind of what our approach has been. They have to make a mistake at some point.”The Dodgers’ bullpen made none. Again.Starter Rich Hill went five innings and the bullpen followed with four hitless innings. When Kenley Jansen hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch in the ninth, it ended a string of 24 consecutive batters retired by Dodgers relievers (stretching back to the NLDS).“Those guys are good, man,” said Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, whose fifth-inning home run off Hill gave the Cubs their only run. “Those guys are good. We’re going about our business the same as always. They are making pitches.”The Cubs’ bullpen cracked in the bottom of the ninth with Yasiel Puig taking four consecutive pitches to draw a leadoff walk (his third of the game). Charlie Culberson bunted him to second and Maddon went to Lackey to face Taylor.Taylor worked the count full against Lackey then drew the Dodgers’ ninth walk of the night, bringing up Turner.“It was incredible,” Puig said through his interpreter. “I had a feeling one of those two was going to win the game. CT was able to be patient and get a walk then JT got his pitch and ended the game.”His pitch was a 1-and-0 fastball from Lackey that he drove out to straightaway center field for the win.“He’s been awesome all year. We’ve said it time and time again,” Taylor said. “He’s probably the most clutch player I’ve ever played with.” Dodgers’ bullpen dazzles in Games 1 and 2 The story behind Yasiel Puig’s catchy walk-up track ‘Wild Horse’ Fan who caught Justin Turner’s game-winning home run has been there before Demoted starter John Lackey blows it for Chicago Cubs’ bullpen PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Dodgers won, 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, picks off this drive by Cubs Kris Bryant as Chris Taylor, #3, tries to avoid crashing into Puig. Puig made the out during first inning action at the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 and Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 collide at the wall after a hit by Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant #17 in the first inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers Rich Hill, #44, was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers at the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Jon Lester, #34, was the starting pitcher for the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Addison Russell, #27, is greeted by teammates after hitting the only run against the Dodgers Sunday. The Dodgers defeated the cubs 4-1 with a HR by Justin Turner in the 9th inning of the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 cant beat the throw to Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo #44 in the 2nd inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester #34 reacts when his bunt attempt is deflected toward his face in the 3rd inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hits an RBI single in the 5th to tie the game at 1-all. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant #17 catches a ball in foul territory of the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Curtis Granderson #6 in the 5th inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing #32 bobbles the ball alowing Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 to reach 1st base safely in the 8th inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing #32 tags out Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 after he bunted in the 8th inning to move Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 to 2nd base. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 flips his bat as he flies out to left field in the 7th inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Anthony Rizzo, #44, is hit by a pitch in the 9th inning. The Dodgers defeated the cubs 4-1 with a HR by Justin Turner in the 9th inning of the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Kenley Jansen, #74, throws a strike during the 9th inning. The Dodgers defeated the cubs 4-1 with a HR by Justin Turner in the 9th inning of the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson lays down a bunt in the ninth inning. The Dodgers defeated the cubs 4-1 with a HR by Justin Turner in the 9th inning of the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Keeping an eye on the ball as it leaves the park. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hit a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 celebrates after hitting a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 celebrates after hitting a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, reacts after hitting a 3 run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Cubs 4-1 in the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 is welcomed home after Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hit a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 is welcomed home after Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 hit a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 waots to congratulate Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 after he hit a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, heads for home after hitting a 3 run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Cubs 4-1 in the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 is welcomed home after hitting a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate with third baseman Justin Turner #10 after he hit a walkoff 3-run homer. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Justin Turner, #10, is swarmed by teammates after hitting a 3 run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Cubs 4-1 in the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger and Cubs fans at the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cubs Willson Contreras, #40, gets some pre-game strategy before the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger fans get fired up for the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers work out before the start of the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The national anthem is performed by Tinashe before Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fans cheer before Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez steals second ahead of the throw to Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Chicago Cubs’ Jon Lester falls after fouling a bunt off during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner holds up at third base after advancing on a hit by Cody Bellinger during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to second after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill sits in the dugout during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester reacts after walking Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig licks his bat during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig tosses his bat during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, dives to tag out Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell hits a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell, left, watches his home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell, left, rounds the bases after a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell, right, celebrates his home run with Jason Heyward against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs’ Jon Lester fouls a bunt off during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, top, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig stealing during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, top, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig stealing during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson celebrates after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson celebrates after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits an RBI-single against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a RBI-single against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his RBI-single against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a hit by Justin Turner during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow throws against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Fields throws against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Tony Watson throws against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo reacts after getting hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo reacts after getting hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Dodgers won, 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Dodgers won, 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner get soaked with sports drink after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Dodgers won, 4-1. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Dodgers won, 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, picks off this drive by Cubs Kris Bryant as Chris Taylor, #3, tries to avoid crashing into Puig. Puig made the out during first inning action at the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 78Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, picks off this drive by Cubs Kris Bryant as Chris Taylor, #3, tries to avoid crashing into Puig. Puig made the out during first inning action at the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Twenty-nine years ago Sunday, Kirk Gibson hit one of the most iconic walk-off home runs in baseball history.It took that long for another Dodger to hit a walk-off homer in a postseason game.Gibson’s was memorably described as improbable and impossible. Justin Turner’s just seemed inevitable.Related Articleslast_img read more