Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp recently paid tribute to his grandmother and late grandfather with a massive tattoo on his chest. The artwork was done by a 23-year-old tattoo artist named Jun Cha, and as you can see he is incredibly talented. Kemp tweeted the photo you see above over the weekend with the following message:
The All-Star was chasing a deep blast by Josh Rutledge when he ran full-speed into the wall. Kemp fell to the ground and began rolling in obvious pain.
The 27-year-old slugger was examined by Dodgers trainers for a few minutes and somehow managed to stay in the game, even flashing a smile. On the next play he dove for a ball in center and seemed to jar his neck. The following batter singled to center, and Kemp didn’t get much on his throw to the infield. Left fielder Shane Victorino realized something was wrong and signaled to the dugout that Kemp needed to leave. This time Kemp did not object to exiting the game.
Victorino moved over to center and Juan Rivera entered the game to play left field.
Kemp was taken for precautionary X-rays on his jaw and did not exhibit concussion-like symptoms, according to the Dodgers.
Kemp’s had a wicked struggle with Coors Field this road trip. The previous night, he jumped into the fence to the right of center while chasing a ball, although his impact was with much less force.
Kemp would be advised to work on getting a better feel for the fences in center at Coors Field before playing there again. Hopefully he recovers without a problem. He had a six-game hitting streak going after breaking out of an 0-21 slump, and he was just beginning to get hot again.
Matt Kemp went nuts on umpire Angel Campos Thursday after being ejected for yelling from the bench during the Dodgers-Pirates series finale. Kemp was likely still upset with Campos after striking out in the first inning when he began hollering from the bench during Andre Ethier’s at-bat.
In the video above, you can hear Campos exchanging words with someone on the Dodgers bench, though it’s unclear what was said. It sounds like Campos says “I don’t want to hear another word from you.” Kemp continued talking, prompting Campos to eject him.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly came out of the dugout to contest the ejection, and Kemp soon followed.
The MVP candidate bolted out of the dugout in a furious rage and tried confronting Campos. He had to be restrained by Dodgers players, coaches, and the other umpires on the field. Kemp appeared to grab and bump umpires on several occasions, which will likely lead to a suspension. Mattingly was also ejected during the argument.
What was it that Kemp said to earn the ejection?
“Let’s go Dre.”
I guess he had done enough talking by that point and the umpire was serious when he said “I don’t want to hear another word.”
That was easily the most outrageous reaction toward an umpire since Brett Lawrie’s blow up. The Dodgers went on to lose 10-6 and will likely be without Kemp for a game after the league reviews the video.
As an MVP candidate and someone making $160 million playing in the city of Los Angeles, Matt Kemp must be accustomed to the celebrity lifestyle. Kemp is 27 years old and one of the brightest young stars in baseball. He has done fashion shoots for magazines and dated celebrities. If $160 million isn’t an indication that you’ve made it, being able to say you dated Rihanna certainly seals the deal. However, Kemp says that portion of his life was a stressful time.
“It was pretty much overwhelming,” Kemp told Yahoo! Sports (via The Oklahoman) when asked about his relationship with the five-time Grammy Award winner. “It’s not something I’m used to. I’m not used to going to a grocery store or to just somewhere simple and people following me around. It’s overwhelming.”
When Kemp goes out in public, rabid baseball fans probably run up to him asking for an autograph or a picture. When Rihanna goes out in public, almost everyone runs up to her asking for an autograph or a picture. Such is the life of athletes dating celebrities, and considering he was later linked to Eva Longoria it doesn’t sound like it’s a life that bothers Kemp all that much. Another interesting aside: Kemp likes to judge women by their shoes.
“I can tell that (women) know what they’re doing or they don’t know what they’re doing (by their shoes),” Kemp explained. “I’ve always liked shoes. I peep everybody’s shoes out to see what they’re rocking.”
Rihanna and Eva probably have some great footwear in their wardrobe, so I guess it makes sense. Any ladies who were hoping to date Matt Kemp that wear Chuck Taylor’s should probably reconsider.
This week was supposed to one of positive news for Matt Kemp. The Dodgers MVP candidate was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after rehabbing a hamstring injury. He tore things up going 5-for-7 with two home runs in a rehab stint at Albuquerque, and he hit a double in his first game back on Tuesday.
Unfortunately Kemp re-injured his hamstring in the first inning against the Brewers on Wednesday — his second game back. Kemp scored on an RBI double by Andre Ethier, but he slowed down while turning third. Kemp threw a fit in the dugout knowing he had re-injured his leg. He began stomping around and even broke a bat over his knee.
As badly as we felt for Kemp when he got hurt in the first place, we feel even worse now that he hurt himself again. However, we can’t say we’re surprised. Hamstring injuries tend to nag and are the type that reappear if players rush back. Taking two weeks generally isn’t long enough for them to fully heal.
Thanks to LBS contributor A. Liu for the tip
Actress Eva Longoria attended the Dodgers-Angels Freeway Series exhibition game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium along with one of her “Desperate Housewives” co-stars. According to former GM and current analyst Jim Bowden, Longoria left the stadium with Dodgers all-star Matt Kemp. Bowden says he shared an elevator with Longoria, Kemp, and actor Ricardo Chavira, and then he dropped this bomb:
LA Times headline, “Dodgers win 4-1, but Matt Kemp is struggling” moments later he leaves park w/ Eva Longoria..Struggling? oh at the plate!
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) April 4, 2012
Longoria divorced Tony Parker a year and a half ago and confirmed that she and Eduardo Cruz broke up last month (though they were spotted together last weekend). The point is that Longoria seems available, and from what we can tell, so is Kemp. It’s also curious that Longoria would go to an exhibition game; if you’re attending a sporting event to be seen, you pick ones that matter.
Bowden could be embellishing and might not have his story right, but we’re hoping his accuracy with gossip reports is higher than his percentage of trades won. As for Dodgers fans, given the way Kemp played before and after dating Rihanna, they better hope there’s absolutely nothing going on with Longoria.
Wizards forward Chris Singleton and Raiders safety Michael Huff aren’t the only athletes consumed with the Mega Millions lottery ticket craze — plenty of other pros are feeling the excitement, too.
Dodgers MVP contender Matt Kemp tweeted Friday that he got his Mega Millions tickets:
The Mega Millions jackpot was a popular topic of conversation for many other athletes Friday. Falcons receiver Roddy White, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck, and 49ers tight end Vernon Davis were all talking about it and some of them indicated they were planning to play: