Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is one of the biggest stars in baseball. We’ve seen before some players with his type of status get egos and are almost untouchable, especially with fans. However, Kemp displayed a huge heart and caring attitude Sunday night in San Francisco.
A boy, Joshua Jones, and his father, Steve Jones, sat Sunday night in front-row seats at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The boy was in a wheelchair. Early in the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers andSan Francisco Giants, the father struck up a conversation with Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach. He said his son was very sick, that he was a Dodgers fan, and that his favorite player was Kemp. The boy, who has cancer, is unable to speak.
This was just the beginning, as Wallach told Kemp about Joshua. Wallach brought Joshua a baseball early in the game, but no one expected what happened next. When the game ended, Kemp performed an act of kindness that is immeasurable sentimentally:
Seated below field level, the boy looks with wide eyes as Kemp signs the baseball. The boy beams silently. Kemp returns the ball and then, in a ballpark full only a few minutes before, as onlookers laugh and cheer, Kemp removes his cap and hands it to the boy. He pulls his jersey – No. 27 – over his head and hands that, too, over the rail. And he unties his cleats, pulls off the right and then the left, and gives them to the boy so that his lap is piled with most of Matt Kemp‘s uniform.