Showing posts with label Matt Kemp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt Kemp. Show all posts

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dodger Shut Down Matt Kemp

Mike Axisa of CBSSports Eye On Baseball is reporting that the Dodgers have shut down Matt Kemp "indefinitely" due to experiencing tightness in is right hamstring. 

According to Axisa:

"Kemp, 28, is currently on the DL with an ankle sprain. He was expected to rejoin the team earlier this week, but his rehab assignment was extended because he didn't feel comfortable at the plate. In five rehab games with High Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, Kemp went 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts.
A hamstring problem cost Kemp more than two months last season, but that was on the left side. In addition to the hamstring and ankle injuries, he also spent time on the DL with a sore shoulder this summer. Kemp had surgery on the shoulder over the winter."

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Matt Kemp "Wear Your Allegiance" New Era Commercial

While rehabbing, Matt Kemp made some time to be part of a new 60-second spot for New Era caps "Wear Your Allegiance campaign.  You can check out the spot below which includes Kemp eating a sandwich while soaking in a tub.

Seeing Kemp eating his sandwich while in the whirlpool reminded me of the Seinfeld episode when George Costanza tried to eat a sandwich while "in bed".

How do you "Wear Your Allegiance"?  The classic LA logo? Variant colors? Specialty styles?

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Matt Kemp Nike Shirts

With Spring Training officially underway, it is time for us fans to get ready for Opening Day.  It's time to get dust off our old gear and even pick up some new gear for the 2013 season.  Today, I am posting two new Matt Kemp Nike T-shirts.  The shirt above, HIT IT LIKE KEMP, is now available in stores.

Also available is a second Matt Kemp Nike T-shirt, KEMP 27, is also currently available.  Take a look at the KEMP 27 shirt below.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Adrian Gonzalez & Matt Kemp Autograph Signing - Photos & Recap

AGON23 in deep thought

On Saturday January 12, 2013, Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez were scheduled to make appearances at the SoCal Baseball and Sports Collectors Expo.  Kemp was scheduled to sign from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Gonzalez was scheduled to sign from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  I arrived at the Anaheim Marriott around 10:00 a.m. and took a look around the ballroom that was holding the event.  There were several dealer's tables selling current sports cards and there were dealers who were selling vintage cards as well.  Kemp arrived on time and began signing immediately.  While I have several Kemp autographs, I needed his signature on my Sports Illustrated that I had Magic Johnson sign back on November 3, 2012.  For my recap on that signing check out my post here . The autograph line was moving quickly and Matt was polite as always.  Check out my pics below.

Matt Kemp signing a Sports Illustrated

Matt Kemp signing a jersey

My Sports Illustrated signed by Magic and Kemp

At 2:00 p.m., Adrian Gonzalez arrived and also began signing immediately.  This was my first time getting an autograph from Gonzalez and he seemed like a really shy person.  He was nice and interacted with the fans but was a mellow guy.  Check out my pics below of my #AGON23 autograph on a PS27:1 model Trinity Bat.

Overall it was a good day at the SoCal Baseball and Sports Collectors Expo.  It reminded me of the days when there were huge shows at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Hopefully, this event returns next year bigger and better.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Upcoming Dodger Appearance - Matt Kemp

Saturday January 12, 2013

Matt Kemp

$79 - flats 8x10 and smaller
$89 - flats 16x20 and smaller, baseballs, minis, shoes, batting gloves & figures
$109 - flats larger than 16x20, art work, bats, jerseys, full size helmet, gloves, & game used
$39 - inscriptions
Stage Time: TBA

This signing is being put on by Honabach and Sons and will take place at the SoCal Baseball and Sports Collectors Expo at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.  Also appearing will be former Dodgers Brett Butler & Robin Ventura and current Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez & Luis Cruz.

For info on Adrian Gonzalez click here
For info on Brett Butler click here
For info on Luis Cruz click here
For info on Robin Ventura click here

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Matt Kemp's Walkoff Homerun Beats the Phillies

For the Matt Kemp Marching & Chowder Society.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Matt Kemp Defends Decision to Participate in Homerun Derby

Photo courtesy FOX News Channel

As we all know, Matt Kemp didn't do to well in the 2012 Homerun Derby Monday night.  Matt only hit one homerun and was not a factor in the contest.  It reminded me of other Dodgers who struggled in the homerun derby.  Mike Piazza hit 0 homeruns in back to back contests in 1993 and 1994.  Raul Mondesi was only able to muster up 2 homeruns in 1995.  If I were a Dodger, I would stay away from the All Star Game Homerun Derby!

Matt Kemp also got a lot of bad press for participating in the Homerun Derby with a healing hamstring injury.  I didn't have a problem with it.  He's played in live minor league games and is ready to come of the disabled list tomorrow.  If the injury was more recent it would probably be a different story.

Yesterday, Matt was interviewed on FOX News Channel's Studio B with Shepard Smith.  They touched on a variety of subjects.  Check out the excerpts below courtesy of FOX News Channel's Studio B with Shepard Smith.
On New York Yankees player Robinson Cano being booed at the 2012 Home Run Derby:

“Ya I don’t quite understand that, you know that’s a great guy somebody I’ve known for a long, long time. Before I even got to the big leagues we played winter ball together so you know I think he just went out there and picked the team he thought would help him win the derby and you know the American League actually won it so I don’t think many fans can complain about the results of it.”

On why he thinks some sports reporters criticized his participation in the Home Run Derby:

“I guess some of them were thinking that I shouldn’t participate in the Home Run Derby but I don’t think people realize I’ve been taking batting practice for the last month. My leg feels good, my first game is going to be here in the next two days and I’m excited to get back on the field. I mean they’re going to write what they want to write, it’s all good.”

On the awards he received from the Negro League:

“It was an unbelievable feeling to receive the awards I accepted. You know, just going there for the first time and seeing some of the history of the Negro Leagues and where they came from and what they represent and them paving the way for us as African American athletes it was just unbelievable. And not really realizing how much the Negro Leagues did so many things that brought more to the game of Major League Baseball. So it was a special day for me and my family and we enjoyed the museum.”

On playing with the team’s new owner, Magic Johnson:

“Magic and the group, they’re great. They’ve been nothing but positive and doing some great things around there so far. You know Magic is a great guy he’s one of the most humble guys I’ve ever met in my life and just a great guy to talk to. He definitely knows the importance of the Dodgers to LA and he’s going to do whatever it takes to get our team to wherever we need to go.”

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Matt Kemp All Star Game Commercial - "I Play for the National League"

Check out the commercial for the 2012 All Star Game

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Matt Kemp Aggravates His Hamstring Injury and Breaks a Bat Over his Knee

Matt Kemp aggravated his hamstring injury in the 1st inning of tonight's game against the Brewers. Kemp scored from first base on Andre Ethier's double.  After Kemp scores, he breaks a bat over his knee in frustration.  Check out the video below:

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Matt Kemp & Andre Ethier Autograph Signing at Frank & Son - Photos & Recap

On Saturday April 28, 2012, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier & Dee Gordon were scheduled to sign autographs at Frank & Son Collectibles Show.  Kemp was schedule to sign from 10am - 11:30am, Ethier from 11:30am - 1:00pm, and Gordon from 11am - 12:30pm.

I have several items signed by all three players and wasn't originally planning to atted this signing.  However, during the last week, I came across some items I thought were cool and wanted to get signed by Ethier and Kemp.  I arrived at Frank & Son around 9:15am and headed in to get my autograph tickets.  I have to say this was the craziest and most crowded paid signing i've been to in a very long time.  I had to wait almost half an hour in line just to get my autograph tickets.  Kemp arrived a few minutes after 10am and started signing right away.  Honabach and Sons had put up several signs stating there would be no posed photographs but people still asked and it made the line move really slow.  At around 11:10am I was still at least 75-85 spots from getting my autograph when an announcement was made that if everyone didn't get their items signed by the ending time of 11:30am, we would be offered refunds or we could leave our items and they would get signed privately.  Although, some might find this o.k., I like getting my autos in person and was a little irritated.  It was apparent Honabach and Sons had oversold the event.

I don't know how or why but Kemp agreed to stay over and sign for everyone that was left in line.  He must've stayed till at least 12:30pm.  After getting my items signed by Kemp and jumped into the line for Ethier's autograph.  Since it was close to his end time, the line was moving pretty quickly and I got up to the front of the line within about 20 minutes.  Andre was really talkative and after he signed my first item, he even extended his hand to shake hands with me and thank me for coming out.  It caught me off guard so I just said "you're welcome" and shook his hand.  As he was signing my second item, I asked him how he liked the SamBat.  He replied, "I love it!" and then I asked him if it was his first year using the SamBat and he stated he "used it a couple of years ago but they weren't using good wood".  I figure they must've been breaking on him.  As he was finishing my autograph I told him they must be using good trees now and asked if the bat was maple and he stated, "yeah, maple".  You can check out my post from the other day about Andre's use of the SamBat by clicking here

I want to give a shout out to my friend Carmen who I saw at the signing and a shout out to Steve who I also saw at the LoDuca signing last week.  I still need to get him copy of the Forbes Magazine with Kemp on the cover.  Also another shout out to Stephanie who I met in line.  It was Stephanie's first signing and she helped me pass the time as we waited over two hours in line.

Check out my pics from the signing below.

Forbes Magazine w/Beast Mode inscription

Ethier 8x10 w/Captain Clutch inscription

Ethier/Kershaw/Kemp 8x10 w/2011 Gold Glove inscription

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Monday, April 23, 2012

MLB Commercials Featuring Matt Kemp

These commercials were played alot around Opening Day 2012 and now they are shown to encourage fans to purchase tickets.  I really like both commercials...good stuff!
"I will let Beast Mode off his leash" and "Beast Mode never sleeps" are classic!

This commercial is called Resolutions

This commercial is called The Play

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dodgers Beat Padres 6-5 in 11 Innings

Matt Kemp congratulates A.J. Ellis after his homerun

The Dodgers picked up their third win in a row against the Padres to start the season. 


Dee Gordon 3 for 4 with 2 runs, 1 RBI and 3 steals
Matt Kemp 2 for 4 with 2 RBI
Andre Ethier 1 for 4 with 2 RBI
A.J. Ellis hit his first homerun of the season
A.J. Ellis scored the winning run on Dee Gordon's 11th inning single
Javy Guerra picks up his 2nd save of the season

The Boys in Blue go for the series sweep on Sunday.

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Video of Matt Kemp's Opening Day Homer

Take a look at Matt Kemp's Opening Day homer

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Matt Kemp McFarlane MLB Series 29 Figure Released

McFarlane Toys released their MLB Series 29 figures this week.  Series 29 includes Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Gonzalez, Starlin Castro, Cliff Lee, Josh Hamilton, Thurman Munson and Matt Kemp.  This is Kemp's debut as a McFarlane figure.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Matt Kemp on his 2010 season - "I sucked, I was bad."

Chris Connelly of ESPN's E:60 gives a behind the scenes look at Matt Kemp.  While disussing his 2010 season and critics blaming his poor season on his relationship with Rihanna, Kemp said, "I can't blame my relationship at that time on the way I played in 2010, I sucked, I was bad"

Later in the interview Kemp talks about how tough it for African-American's to break into the big leagues and states, "I'm trying to make baseball cool for African-Americans"

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dee Gordon & Matt Kemp Tweet About New Ownership

Dee Gordon tweeted last night:

Great news tonight! Congrats @MagicJohnson for being our new owner! it's time to shock the world!!! #wala #MAGIC

Matt Kemp's tweet:

Good day 4 the @dodgers! The great @magicjohnson is the new owner!! Let's start a dynasty baby!!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Dodger OYO Sportstoys - Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp Andre Ethier

A new line of Dodger toys have hit the market.  They are mini building-block sports figures made by OYO.  These figures are available for players representing all 30 MLB teams.  The Dodgers who have figures are Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney, Aaron Harang, Chad Billingsley, Dee Gordong and Tony Gwynn Jr.

Each package comes with the figure, bat, ball, glove, cap and numbered stand.
These figures are available in limited retail stores, team stores and online.  They are priced between $9.99 and $12.99.  Here is the link for the OYO website . The figures are also available at other online toy retailers.
Check out the C.J. Wilson figure below.  I included this figure because it shows an actual figure, not just a drawing.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

MLB Network 30 Clubs in 30 Days; Andre Ethier - "This is where I want to be"

On March 19th, MLB Network aired their Dodger episode of 30 Clubs in 30 Days.
Check out the video of Mitch Williams interviewing Andre Ethier.

"I've voiced that this is where I want to be" - Andre Ethier

Here is Mitch Williams with Matt Kemp
"I was a little disappointed. Of course, I think anybody who is that close to winning the MVP wants to win the MVP and is disappointed if they don't." - Matt Kemp

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Upcoming Dodger Appearance - Andre Ethier

Saturday April 28, 2012

Andre Ethier
2x All-Star 2010 & 2011
Silver Slugger 2009
Gold Glove 2011
 $59 - cards and photos 8x10 and smaller
$69 - balls, minis, toys, flats 8x10 to 20x24
$79 - bats, jerseys, helmets, game used equipment, flasts larger than 20x24
$25 - inscriptions (up to 3 words)
Stage time - 11:30am - 1:00pm

This signing is being put on by Honabach and Sons and will take place at Frank & Son.  Also scheduled to appear is Matt Kemp.  For more details on the Matt Kemp signing see my post here

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