Turner credits mom with instilling work ethic

Nationals' star shortstop followed 'perfect' example

Turner credits mom with instilling work ethic

Trea Turner is off to a sensational start to his young career, and he knows who to thank for getting him to this point.

Prior to Mother's Day on Sunday, the Nationals' shortstop spoke glowingly about his mom's drive and her role in shaping Trea into the man and talented baseball player he is today.

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"She was the hardest on me. She was always perfect as a kid and no one can ever talk crap to her because she was always perfect. She's good at board games. She's competitive and she's smart, so she was the one that kind of [pushed] me as a kid. I think that helped me a lot because I try to do everything perfect now, in practice and whatever it is and I get mad at myself when I don't execute or don't do what I want to, so I think that mentality came from her. And I think that's probably helped me the most.

"It's cool to wear [pink gear] and represent all the moms out there in general. My mom's always asking me for hits and stolen bases and home runs and different things on Mother's Day and her birthday. There's a few times where I've delivered, but I've also gone ohfer a couple times, so hopefully I can just play well for her. But she likes when we win as well, so hopefully we can get a win and I think that will be good enough."

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.