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Matt Kemp is the best: gives a disabled fan an autographed ball … and his cap and jersey

May 7, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

Vin Scully is my Homeboy found an amazing video from the Dodgers-Giants series last weekend. The description from YouTube says the fan in it is disabled and is “fighting a tough battle.”  Matt Kemp came over to sign an autograph and … just watch:

Gettin’ dusty in here. Pardon me for a bit.

  1. hoopmatch - May 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    One wonders how Kemp would have behaved if someone hadn’t been making a video record of the transaction. That said, it would have been cool if someone asked him for his pants.

    • raysfan1 - May 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Did Kemp even once glance at the camera? No, he did not.

      There are cameras everywhere at every ballpark, and everyone (seemingly) has cellphones that can make videos.

      So, in answer to your posit: He would have acted exactly as he did.

      • cowboysoldiertx - May 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        I know his Momma and she raised him right. He’s a good kid.

    • eshine76 - May 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      He walked right over to them and shook the hand of whoever was sitting next to the kid. Kemp knew the kid was there ahead of time, likely knew his story, and went over with the intention of making his day. Class move by him.

      • raysfan1 - May 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Exactly. Sad that some can see an act of kindness and want to denigrate it.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Congratulations on being so real while posting anonymously on a message board.

    • padraighansen - May 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Man, you’re a douche

  2. goawaydog - May 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Gives renewed meaning to the phrase “giving the shirt off your back”, literally and figuratively.

  3. vanmorrissey - May 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    My God, what a moment. Kemp has always been a classy person, fantastic.

  4. bgrillz - May 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I hate LA being a Giants fan. But this is outstanding. Kudos Matt.

  5. moogro - May 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM


  6. 13arod - May 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    nice man i think most players whould have only signed his ball but his jeresay and shoes wow lucky fan

  7. aewing1 - May 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    What a stand up guy.

  8. dawglb - May 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Awesome. He has a new fan,… Me.

  9. bubbalynch - May 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Makes me proud as a lifelong Dodger fan but most of all as a human being.

  10. mrrooch - May 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Well done Kemp… Here’s another great moment in Ballplayers that aren’t assholes

  11. broncostevenp - May 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Matt Kemp is now my favorite player.

  12. joewilliesshnoz - May 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    That might be the classiest move, by a pro athlete, that I’ve ever seen.

  13. brianbaker2013 - May 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    It’s not that unusual to get an autographed ball from a player. And we’ve all heard about “shirts off our backs” promotions that teams sometimes sponsor at the end of the year. But my jaw dropped when Matt actually took his game-worn shoes right off his feet and handed them directly to the fan! I’ve never seen any athlete do THAT. WOW.

  14. hollymeus - May 8, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    matt the great !!

  15. indianbob - May 8, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    From me, a long time Giant fan and Dodger hater: “Kemp, you’re a class act”!!!
    Can the Giants trade Melky for you? Oops!

  16. kountryking - May 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    In the spirit of the great Dodger, Gil Hodges. My sombrero’s off to you, Matt Kemp.

  17. kansacity88 - May 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Matt is da man! And I’m a Cubs fan!

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