Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SI Gushes Over Matt Kemp

From the April 11, 2011 issue (UConn cover), Matt Kemp was selected as the sole subject of the sidebar column, "The Numbers" (no link, so I am actually typing this up manually, just for you):

On Opening Day, Matt Kemp did something he'd never done in 626 career games: He walked three times. For a player whose plate discipline has been a sore spot--176 career walks against 581 strikeouts coming into '11--it was a momentous achievement. Kemp also stole a base and scored the decisive run in the Dodgers' 2-1 win, then had an RBI double the next night--and, more impressively, hustled from first to third on a groundout by Marcus Thames, a sign that he's taking the teachings of new first base coach and baserunning guru Davey Lopes to heart. As a Phillies coach, Lopes was instrumental in helping Jayson Werth, among others, translate physical tools into on-field performance. After a difficult 2010 Kemp, 26, has a combination of skills, experience and now coaching that could elevate him to stardom.

Nice to see Kemp getting the pub he deserves. And not even a mention of that singer he used to date! What was her name again? You know, the one with the big forehead? I've forgotten.

13 comments:

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

I think my wife loves Matt Kemp.

I better work out.

(I think a lot of guys' wives love Matt Kemp)

MR.F said...

At least she has good taste!

Steve Sax said...

Brad Lardass Penny is in line for the win in Detroit, with the Tigers up 4-3 over the Rangers in the top of the eighth inning

Dusty Baker said...

The one with the shitty haircut?

cc: Karina

Steve Sax said...

man on second, top 8, two out, Beltre at the plate

Steve Sax said...

Beltre with a 2-2 count HBP. Nelson Cruz singles home the tying run in the top of the eighth.

Penny is now not involved in the decision. His ERA stands at 8.27--which is down from the 9.00 at the start of the game.

Steve Sax said...

4-4 in Detroit, going to the bottom of the eighth

Dusty Baker said...

Penny definitely one of my top three least favorite Dodgers ever. Actually he may take up a space and a half.

Steve Sax said...

Going to the bottom of the ninth, still 4-4; Tigers have Inge, Avila, and Jackson up (8-9-1)

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

My eyes must be deceiving me. Boxscore I'm reading says Penny made it into the 7th. Gotta be a first, that.

My wife has confirmed: she does love Matt Kemp.

My ass is hitting the gym.

Josh S. said...

I liking this "Steve Sax Game of the Day" feature.

Fred's Brim said...

I want a sidebar total of badges earned

DelinO said...

Glad he got himself out from under Rhianna's Umbrella-ella-ella-ella