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Clayton Kershaw “hurt” by Bruce Bochy’s comments regarding Matt Harvey starting the All-Star game

Jul 15, 2013, 3:43 PM EST

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Media availability for the National League All-Stars is going on at the moment. These things are usually pretty rote “I’m just happy to be here” events. Occasionally, though, someone says something interesting. Clayton Kershaw just did.

At his press conference today NL Manager Bruce Bochy said that NL starting pitcher Matt Harvey would have been worthy of starting the game no matter where the game was being held:

“It wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in with the year he’s had.”

This seemingly benign comment goes against the view that Kershaw has been the better overall starter but that, in a close call, Harvey got the nod because he’s playing at home.

Kersahw certainly thinks it’s a hometown call, and didn’t much care for Bochy’s view that it wasn’t. He said to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times and other assembled reporters, “that’s his opinion” and “It hurts. Yeah, it hurts.”

Someone, I presume, is about to get a crash refresher course in how to give “I’m just happy to be here” quotes. For my part, though, I kinda like that he’s disappointed. I’m glad to see someone cares about it.

  1. tonyz6060chevy - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I’m going to throw darts at my 1978 Bruce Bochy Baseball card !

  2. norcalkingsfan - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Slow day?

  3. jrazz22 - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    ryannnm
    Jul 15, 2013, 2:02 PM PDT
    No, Bochy being classless is the huge pussy, senselessly retaliating for the Dodgers kicking his butt. SWEEP!
    ——————————————————–
    You’re more of a whining bitch than Kershaw is

    • stercuilus65 - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      jrazz,

      and you smoke more sausage than Bochy.

  4. Anoesis - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Character isn’t about how you act when winning as much as how you act when not winning. Bochy could have left off the “it wouldn’t have mattered what city we’re playing in,” but chose to include it because he can’t set aside his competitive nature (read: childish behavior) for an exhibition game.

    Kershaw is the best pitcher in the NL. What kind of manager doesn’t start his best pitcher? What kind of a manager lets his personal animosity not only get in the way of starting a pitcher from his hatred rival, but also goes out of his way to insult one of his own (thankfully for only one game) players?

    I know the players think highly of playing in an All Star game, perhaps because it burnishes their list of accomplishments for the next contract, but I’d rather see Kershaw stay home and get some rest rather than have to pitch for a jackass like Bochy.

  5. Anoesis - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    “It wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in with the year he’s had.”

    Harvey: 2.35 era 7-2 won-loss 147 SO 0.92 WHIP
    Kershaw: 1.98 era 8-6 won-loss 139 SO 0.91 WHIP

    Toss out W-L, as it’s more a team stat, and I don’t see how Harvey gets the nod no matter “what city we were playing in…” His year has been no better than Kershaw’s.

    What Bochy left unsaid, what many are missing, and what makes this comment particularly offensive, is that if this All Star game was being held in L.A. Bochy would still start Harvey. World-class ass you are, Bochy.

  6. plmathfoto - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Ummm, ok, but regardless of who any of us think is better or worse or whatever, maybe Kershaw being the beast, or best, or animal,or whatever you defenders of him are saying here (and the ones bashing Bochy calling him a pussy or whatever) Kershaw should have used words different than hurt, something like I’m pissed, I’ll show him, I don’t think so, whatever, but hurt? Makes him sound like the pussy here. No axe to grind on my end either as far as fandom, I know Kershaw’s awesome, and can’t believe Bochy’s success as a manager.

    • chunkylover42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      Bochy’s past managerial success is its own thing. But if he’s currently willing to put personal feelings ahead of a team win, then that helps to explain his efforts at managing the 2013 Giants.

  7. rob2854 - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Quit whining Kershaw. Typical Dodger Whiner. The only way you would have started was if Mattingly was All Star manager. That’s not happening because to be All Star manager you have to win the World Series, something the dysfunctional pussies in blue won’t do .

    • chunkylover42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      Its not whining to point out that your manager is putting a team-based rivalry over the interests of a league-based win for home field advantage. The only way Bochy’s statements could possibly make sense is if he believed the Dodgers had a better chance than the Giants of making it to the….oh wait

  8. giantz4ever - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    HAHA! I hope Kershaw sits in the dugout the entire game!

    • chunkylover42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:26 AM

      Giantz4ever, would you take a moment to consider signing my petition to replace “s” with “z” as the official letter used to make words plural? Or just stop using Myspace.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Who knew the plural police live in Los Angeles, probably in West Hollywood.

  9. sdeberg - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    I’m not a Dodgers fan,,,and certainly not a Mets fan – go Yankees – but Bruce Bochy calling on Matt Harvey to start the All-Star game – instead of, for instance, Clayton Kershaw – makes NO sense…other than home team favorite. Kershaw is probably the better pitcher. But please – it’s the annual love fest All-Star game – and if home field advantage is the winner’s prize – I have a feeling the Dodgers will have MUCH more of a chance than the Mets for that advantage at the end of the year.

  10. chunkylover42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Two issues here.

    First off, Kershaw’s own comment about Bochy’s decision is completely justified and, in any case, someone had to say it.

    Any player in this situation has the right to point out what’s obvious to everyone else: that the National League manager decided to sit his best starter in a winner take all contest to determine home field advantage in the World Series. Discretion might be the better part of valor, but there’s no need to keep quiet when your “manager” has openly breached his duty to put the best team forward and is making decisions based on ulterior motives. Anyone could have said it, but by taking the mic himself, Kershaw turned it into a story people would actually talk about. For a guy who’s usually pretty reserved, he gets credit and the light’s on Bochy now to explain himself. Cheers to Clayton for sticking up for himself and the rest of the National League.

    Second, Bochy has pretty much admitted to National League teams and their fans that he cares more about snubbing a rival player than fielding the team most likely to bring home team advantage.

    Someone’s already put up a side by side comparison and Kershaw is clearly tops, especially given three years of dominance compared to Harvey’s (admittedly, fantastic) first half. Saying you’d start your second best pitcher in a one-game winner take all is essentially admitting you’re bringing your B-game to a Game 7. If the stats were different, or if Harvey had a similar three years under his belt, I’d be willing to give Bochy the benefit of the doubt but its clear all he’s trying to accomplish is get a jab in at a rival team. (Never mind the fact that Bochy laughed off the idea that Yasiel Puig should even be ON the team, but thats a whole other story…)

    Whatever. Bochy is being stupid, boorish, all the things we hate to see in sports but more importantly, he’s mismanaging his team. His job isn’t to up the Giants or snub league rivals. He’s supposed to be managing and making decisions that put the NL team in the best position to win. Having probably figured out that the Giants aren’t heading to October, he’s essentially thrown his hands up and decided to use this as an opportunity to get his kicks in. I’m all for great rivalries, but not at a time when you’re supposed to set that stuff aside. Its one thing if a 22 year old rookie kid doesn’t get it, but another when a grown manager can’t even figure it out.

    This sucks for everyone else who’d like the All Star Game to be something better than the usual rivalries, and for any fan who thinks their team has got a decent shot at getting to the Series (sorry Cubbies).

  11. sametalker - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    You do realize that Kershaw is still going to pitch, right? He is going to pitch the same two innings that Harvey will, and even if some if the position players have changed, the first wave of bench players are at least as good if not better than some of the fan voted starters. Furthermore, it is idiotic to take Bochy’s words as anything more than sticking up for Harvey. It was pretty decent of him to put the choice squarely on himself, or else whiny players and vitriolic bloggers would be going off about how undeserving a young player is. Bochy is a grown man and genuinely doesn’t care who disagrees with him.

  12. dirtydrew - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Well get over it. Kershaw kicks my Giants ass every time he is on the mound. Your a Dodger. You should not expect any thing different.

  13. thebadguyswon - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    OOoooo…..the widdle bitty LA fans get their feelings hurt did they? Here’s a Scooby Doo band aid for you. It’ll be ok.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      You know there are big, fat people in L.A., too.

    • citizenking77 - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      Brooklyn fans you mean. The only true LA fans are Angel fans.

  14. jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Bochy’s mistake is implying he would have started Harvey over Kershaw even in Los Angeles. Kershaw is the real deal. Is it wrong of him to feel snubbed? He’s only SUPERHUMAN.

    Let’s go Giants! Beat L.A.

    • chunkylover42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      I agree with everything you just said, except that one little thing at the end.

      Anyway, best to the NL team and Harvey, Kershaw, and even Bochy.

  15. lanflfan - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Clayton, don’t get butthurt, Bochy is a first class ass AND the manager of your team’s biggest and oldest rival. There was no way in the world you would be starting this game; playing in NY just gives Bochy an excuse (though you’d need an electron microscope to see how little it is).

    Clayton, the best revenge is throw a quality pitches in the All-Star game then keep beating the giants everytime you take the mound.

  16. sonoco - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    After he made the decision what the hell is Bochy supposed to say? “The only reason Harvey is starting is because we’re in NY” Of course not. He was going to offend somebody. Why not offend the Dodgers? Good call Boch!

  17. indianbob - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Giants were in 4th place during the 2010 all star break, and guess what, whiney Kershaw, who became world series champs at the end?!!

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