Thursday, May 30, 2013

Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp maybe struggling on the field, but his off the field contributions are unmatched as he reunites with Joshua Jones a teen fighting terminal brain cancer

Matt Kemp has struggled on the field of late. He was booed at Dodger Stadium on Monday night in a game the Los Angeles Dodgers eventually won, 8-7. A few nights earlier, he was benched as part of a double switch. He's 2 for his last 16 at the plate.
The outfielder has had much more success off the field. Back on May 5—which might seem like a season ago for Kemp—he gave Joshua Jones, a Dodgers fan who is terminally ill with brain cancer, the jersey off his back, his cleats, his hat, a bat and a ball following a game in San Francisco.
Kemp didn't stop there. What started with Jones' dad asking Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach to have Kemp come say hello to his son continued 3 1/2 weeks later in Los Angeles.
Kemp flew Jones and his family from Tracy, Calif., which is about a five-hour drive away, to LA for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Before the game, Jones was introduced to Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and president Stan Kasten. Kemp also introduced Jones to Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year.
Following his visit with Jones early this month, Kemp said the gesture helped him "refocus."