LOS ANGELES Matt Kemp didn't have a chance to say goodbye to Joshua Jones, the terminally ill Dodgers fan he met in May while the team was in San Francisco. But it was clear Friday that the 19-year-old left an impression.
"I'm just glad I got a chance to meet him and do what I did for him and make his dreams come true," Kemp said of Jones, who died Tuesday night after battling brain cancer.
Kemp met Jones after the Dodgers played the Giants at AT&T Park on May 5, giving him an autographed baseball plus his jersey, hat and spikes. Kemp was not aware that their meeting was being recorded on video, but it was posted online and went viral.
Kemp later flew Jones from Oakland to Los Angeles and invited him to a Dodgers game, where he met Clayton Kershaw and Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
Kemp said he had planned to call Jones but was not able to before Jones died.
Kemp said when he learned of Jones' death, "it was a little bit shocking, but you knew it was going to happen. I know...