, Ariz. –– Matt Kemp would such as to describe.
In August 2016, quickly after he had been traded from the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves (his third group in around 20 months), Kemp took care of to unite Padres as well as Dodgers fans with a slap at both.
“& ldquo; I & rsquo; ve never ever truly played in a baseball town previously,” & rdquo; Kemp was estimated as saying of his brand-new location. “& ldquo; So I am delighted about that.”
& rdquo; Kemp most likely never believed he would place on a Dodgers uniform once more. However Tuesday he was among the early-arriving setting players in Dodgers camp and also was asked concerning that well known quote.
“& ldquo; A great deal of LA fans angered at me,” & rdquo; he said with a smile. “& ldquo; I & rsquo; m glad you asked me that concern since I wanted to get rid of that up.
“& ldquo; Somebody had actually asked me how it was to be in Atlanta and also I said Atlanta’& rsquo; s constantly been understood for the Braves. The Atlanta Braves, it’& rsquo; s a baseball community– not the Atlanta Hawks, not the Falcons yet the Braves. But in LA, when I first got below (in 2006), it was all regarding Kobe as well as Shaq (as well as the Lakers). As the years took place and also we began winning more video games, the city came to life. We had the most effective followers. It became more of a baseball community.
“& ldquo; I never ever stated LA wasn & rsquo; t a baseball town. I would never ever claim that. I like LA. I love the fans. I would never disrespect the fans that assisted me get to where I was and also that I am.
“& ldquo; So– bam. Which’& rsquo;
s the reality. & rdquo;