The Los Angeles Dodgers visited AT&T Park for a series against the San Francisco Giants over the weekend, and Matt Kemp made the most of his cross-state trip. The All-Star outfielder went 4-for-14 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored, but what we’re talking about has nothing to do with baseball.
As you can see from the video that Vin Scully is My Homeboy passed along (via Hardball Talk), Kemp approached a disabled fan after the game was over and showered him with gifts. He autographed a baseball and gave it to the young man before taking off his hat, jersey and cleats and handing them all to the fan. The YouTube video was posted by a user who described the fan as his best friend and Kemp as a “great person.”
Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach deserves credit as well, as he was the one who spotted the fan and asked Kemp to come over after the game. What makes a moment like this so special is that Kemp was not doing it because ESPN cameras were rolling and he wanted publicity. He did it to make a fan’s day, and I’m sure he did exactly that. Class act.