- From "For Clayton Kershaw, work in Zambia only just beginning" by Bob Nightengale at USA Today:
Washington Nationals All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez, filming a video-game commercial Tuesday with Kershaw, was briefly informed of Kershaw's trip and orphanage, and stood momentarily in silence. His eyes widened, and almost in a whisper, reached back and fired the greatest possible praise.
"He used to be my favorite left-handed pitcher in baseball," Gonzalez said. "Now, he's my all-time favorite player. I guess if Roberto Clemente can do it, why not Clayton?
"He's like our Roberto Clemente."
- From "Kemp named grand marshal for MLK parade" by Ken Gurnick at Dodgers.com:
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp will serve as celebrity grand marshal for the 28th annual Kingdom Day Parade in recognition of Martin Luther King Day. The parade will be held Saturday in South Los Angeles. [...]
The Dodgers are a sponsor of the parade, whose theme will be "His Dream Will Never Die." The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. PT from the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue and will be televised live locally on KABC-TV Channel 7. [...]
He has raised more than $400,000 for families affected by autism at his annual Spring Training fundraiser and participated for several years in the Dodgers' annual Community Caravan and Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza.
Pretty impressive on and off the field, boys.