Thursday, August 28, 2008

Finally a Dodger Player Takes Responsibility

...and it's Matt Kemp! From "Dodgers can't find a way to win against Nationals" by Bill Shaikin at the LA Times:

Matt Kemp pointed the finger -- at himself. The Dodgers can't drive in a runner from second base to save their season, and yet Kemp had his own take on his team's offensive disaster.

"I blame it on myself," he said. "The damn leadoff hitter needs to step up and do something." [...]

"My job is to get on base," he said. "I feel like I'm one of the main reasons our offense isn't going."

How's this for a character arc? At the start of the season, Kemp was being labeled on national television as callow and immature. Now, at season's end, we have certain veterans claiming "I'm not a wizard" in response to their defensive inadequacies, while certain youngsters are accepting responsibility and protecting their teammates from further criticism. I love it.