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Matt Kemp is having a pretty decent month

Jan 18, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

Some guys have all the luck.
Last week Matt Kemp signed a deal with the Dodgers that buys out his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility for $11 million and then over the weekend he watched LeBron James from his courtside seat at a Los Angeles Clippers game. Oh yeah, and seated next to him at the game was new girlfriend Rihanna.

In fairness Kemp probably got stuck in lots of traffic on the way home from Staples Center, so at the end of the day it all evens out.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    And she comes pre-abused. This is not going to be another Kobe Bryant story.

  2. Wells - Jan 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Uh, what?

  3. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Let’s just say that some folks never learn their lesson the first time – in this case, getting involved with professional athletes.

  4. come on! - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Looks like he was smoking some blunts.
    As a player he has unlimited upside, and well could end up as a top 5 outfielder in baseball. It was easy to see his potential, but as late as a year ago his name was coming up in trade speculation, but even more concerning there was a lot of internal criticism over poor base running and judgment. For all the Dodgers were trying to do to teach him the game (note he still says he likes basketball more) it wasn’t sinking in or there were other problems. Note the Dodgers are the team that kept a lid on the Manny Roids situation. The Roids story was squelched as best they could. But you heard nothing from the team on Manny being Manny, until it got bad. When he went to shower during a playoff game so he could hit the freeway before the writers got access to the locker room. That was the last straw. Even Boras, couldn’t get him another dollar. The jig was up and they took the player option without a comment.
    So to hear criticism of Kemp filter out of the cone of silence a year ago, indicates that there is a problem. Could it be work ethic, game sense-field intelligence, or other issues. Who knows, as baseball (as you can see from Roids scandals) protects its own. Too often players with unlimited potential fail due to personal shortcomings. Look at Josh Hamilton for example. Talent alone will not reach potential, Hard work with average talent will exceed potential, hard work with talent will excel, brains-hard work-and talent will achieve greatness.
    Will Kemp reach potential, excel or achieve greatness, only time will tell, but if runs with a posse and smokes blunts, chances are he will underachieve or cut his career short.

  5. Matt - Jan 18, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    A short nice article and a picture. And then a couple of guys talking some bull. Do I detect some racism here or is it just idiocy.

  6. Wells - Jan 18, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Oh yeah, a bunch of racism, here. A veritable hate crime, this thread.

  7. Matt - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    It’s easy to see Wells, so if you don’t see it apparantly your one of them or you didn’t read the comments. And look again, I said is this racism or idiocy, or in your case probably both.

  8. Craig - Jan 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Are you saying professional athletes aren’t allowed to date or get married. Or maybe stars aren’t allowed to date. Not following you here. Or are you trying to say something demeaning about Rihanna, what’s all that about, “Pre-abused”? What does Kobe have to do with this.

  9. Joe - Jan 18, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    You are going on and on about Manny and then trying to connect him to Matt Kemp. Matt Kemp proved last year with a gold glove at center field and a silver slugger award the value to his team. Are you trying to rewrite history or are you just behind the times. Catch up. What’s with the comment about him smoking a blunt. What have you been smoking.

  10. DON - Jan 18, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    You don’t know anything about Matt Kemp.

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