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Hey, look, it’s Clayton Kershaw and a kangaroo …

Mar 18, 2014, 9:34 PM EDT

The Dodgers are fitting in some sightseeing this week in Australia before their season-opening series (March 22-23) against the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground. From the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed comes the following photograph of staff ace Clayton Kershaw — who will start the first game of that two-game set — posing Tuesday with his wife and what appears to be a baby kangaroo …

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Oh my God that thing is so incredibly cute. I particularly like the short shorts.

    Also, why are they holding a giant rabbit or whatever?

    • stex52 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Anything I add would only cause the conversation to deteriorate. You captured my thoughts, Tbuck.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Hmmm, that reminds me I should shave my legs soon…

  2. tfbuckfutter - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Also, what’s up with those shoes?

    “Do they serve an orthopedic function?”

    • kingscourt25 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      I’d wear sleepers all day if I had $215 mm guaranteed

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        I’d drape myself in velour if it was socially acceptable.

  3. cur'68 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    I think that’s a wallaby and not a kangaroo. No way a mother kangaroo lets a carnivore near her baby and if its an orphan its way too delicate at that size to hand over to some clumsy tourist. I hope they have a nice time there, though. Sydney’s lovely and the weather’s pretty nice in the fall.

    • stex52 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      I was there on business in July, cur. It was beautiful, but colder than hell in Sydney.

      • cur'68 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        July is the middle of winter in a land where they do not insulate their homes. Whatever it is outside is what it is inside. Also, while Sydney has better temperatures than Melbourne they get more rain days to make up for it. So being cold and damp really adds to the suffering.

        I’m giving serious thought to moving back there or perhaps Auckland, NZ. If I do, I’m taking all my winter gear.

      • Old Gator - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        tex, cur: I’ll be in Sydney in July to speak at a conference. I’m taking my woolies and praying that The Church, or at least Steve Kilbey, will be performing while I’m there. I won’t make it to Melbourne, unfortunately, this time around – that’s my favorite city in Oz.

        I do not plan on eating any ‘roo, either. Witchety grubs, OK. Roo, no thanks.

      • cur'68 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        Pity you’re not getting to Melbourne. Lygon Street is awesome. You can eat well and have a good time till the sun comes up any day of the week there. Still, Sydney is pretty dang nice too.

      • paperlions - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        Man, hell can’t catch a break. It can be both hotter than hell and colder than hell and both are bad things, apparently.

        You are from east Texas, “colder than hell” is what, 30F?

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        Cur: yep, Lygon Street is pretty wonderful – great little cafes and pastry shops, different ethnic foods – but I also love St. Kilda, which is an outlier to the southeast of downtown along the bay. Also, the area around the Toorak Road and Church Road junction by the Como complex, and south along Church, is pretty good for dining (the Como was our regular hotel of choice in Melbourne, with a streetcar route right into town running in front of it). Generally great city, beautiful architecture, and we’d go up into the Dandenongs to the Healesville Sanctuary and the Ricketts Sanctuary (even took our daughter on Puffing Billy once). You can get lucky and spot platypus in the streams up there. And of course, there’s the Gippsland Giant Worm museum, and if you wanna make a day out of it, there’s the Phillips Island Little Penguin parade… wife has family in the Melbourne area so we’ve been there several times and been shown resident’s eye views of the place. Great town.

      • stex52 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Okay, a few clarifications. The July we were there was about twenty years ago. The wife had just finished her degree (at forty) and I was sent on business. Five days working in Melbourne (for me), five days playing in Sydney. As the Australians say, you would want to marry Melbourne, but you want to date Sydney first.

        Cur, OG, I go for St. Kilda also. We took a day Aussie bus trip down to the Twelve Apostles. I was taken by the way grown men weep when they sing “Waltzing Matilda.”

        Paper. I don’t remember for sure. Probably about right. “Colder than hell” was a harbor cruise around Sydney in a wet wind. We got what we deserved in mid-winter.

    • Old Gator - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      The term for a baby kangaroo is a joey. This one is more than old enough to get around on its own, which is why it’s trussed up. As far as being a carnivore, let Kershaw take one bite of that thing and it will cure his appetite for ‘roo in an instant. Yeccchhhh. As I noted earlier today, ‘roos are used mostly for dog food in Oz. Australians have to keep eating lamb to keep from being overrun by them.

      • cur'68 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        They need to stop killing off the dingos if they want the roos under control without having to shoot them.

        Now, I often lose these semantic wrangles with you Gator, but I have you on this one. If that’s a joey, then its way too small to be away from it mother. They’re still sleeping in her pouch and nursing at that size and if the keepers have taken it away from its mother to let the Kershaws cuddle it then they are seriously stressing both the infant and its mother. A responsible zoo shouldn’t do that. Its almost certainly an adult wallaby. The rounded ears and short face kind of give it away, too.

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:52 AM

        No argument on the parental solicitude duly expected of zookeepers – especially Danish zookeepers, and especially for giraffes. Anyway, I was just pointing out that there is indeed a term for a baby kangaroo. Whether that’s a baby ‘roo or a wallaby, they all taste awful.

        I gotta keep in mind that care of babies is what you’re all about. Ever change a diaper on a wallaby?

      • cur'68 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        That’s a “hell no” on the wallaby diaper. The oddest thing I’ve ever seen diapered is a dachshund and I didn’t go near that vicious little rat-dog’s butt.

        How would anyone get a diaper on it anyhow? I imagine even a placid wallaby would object to that kind of thing. Getting kicked in the face and having your nose raked off by the claws would be seriously distracting. I imagine I’d look for other work if that was a part of my job description.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Want to know why I hate wallabies? Well, I’m assuming you’re going to say “yes” so I’m not going to wait for your response.

      So we go to this zoo, and there’s a wallaby just laying in the grass. Totally chilling, minding his own business. And then another wallaby is all sneakily approaching him from behind. And I say to my wife, I says “Oh, he looks like he’s about to do something” and he slowly approaches the laying down wallaby with his hands (are they hands?) outstretched, all his digits moving all sinister like….and I think “Oh, he’s going to grab him and scare the other one and then they are going to frolic and this is going to be amazing!” and he ever so deliberately, and sneakily and slowly sneaks up on the other one, slowly outstretches his arms to scare him, and then BAM! He puts his hands (?) on him and like half a second of “goochie goochie” and then he takes his hands off him, turns around, and wanders off. The other one barely acknowledged him.

      Anti-climactic bastards is what those things are.

      • cur'68 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        They’re ideal for cuddling. I have shot of my daughter, who was about 3 at the time, patting one on its nose as it sat there in front of her at the Melbourne Zoo. Kangaroos are not so benign. One of the main ways to tell that a mother ‘roo wants you to leave her baby alone is when she hops up to you, grabs you in a muay thai clinch, rears back onto her tail, and disembowels you with her hind legs. You pretty much lose all interest in joeys and whatnot.

  4. yahmule - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Clayton and Ellen Kershaw are such awesome people. I’m ambivalent about Australia, but so happy that I get to see this guy on the mound again in just five days.

    • stex52 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Rich, plays a boy’s game for a living, married to a beautiful woman, popular and generous in the community.

      Yeah, I tell you. Life is tough for Clayton Kershaw.

  5. butchhuskey - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    “Kangaroos are cute, but are they as legit as giraffes?”- Bryce Harper

    • historiophiliac - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      That’s a koala question, bro.

      • Old Gator - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Point, set and match to Histy.

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