Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 5/9/13
Matt Kemp automatically became the nicest player in the MLB earlier this week. Following the Dodgers game against the Giants at AT&T Park—a park in which Kemp is absolutely hated by the Giant faithful, he gave baseball fans something to smile about. Joshua Jones, a diehard Dodger fan who is fighting a tough battle with cancer, was sitting on the third base line. After the game, Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach told Kemp about Jones. The Dodger slugger walked over, shook hands with the boy and his family, signed a baseball for him, and then proceeded to take off his game-worn jersey and cleats and give them to Jones as well. What makes it even more amazing is the Kemp had no idea Jones’s friend was recording the whole thing. Many athletes today are known for egotism and only doing things for fans when the cameras are on. It’s nice to see such a prominent face of the MLB do something so selfless and kind for a fan. Joshua Jones may only have a few more months to live. But this gesture from Kemp may make those last months a little sweeter. Click here to view the video on YouTube. -O’Hare
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