In case any of the commentators have noticed, I haven't been commenting here much over the last couple of days. I have run into some family issues that have forced me to come to Tampa, Florida over my spring break. While the mood has been... somber at best, I was given an opportunity today that had never been presented to me, I was able to go to a Spring Training game. Obviously, it wasn't the Dodgers. However, it was my 'original' hometown team, the Yankees.
The game was the Blue Jays and the Yankees in Tampa Bay. It was a split sqaud game for the Yankees, so the likes of Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano weren't playing. However, I did get to see one of my favorite players, Derek Jeter, along with Mariano Rivera and A-rod.
Now, because this isn't a Yankees website, I won't get into the game, but I did learn a couple things.
1. When fans complain about the Dodger fans in the pavilion, they have no argument when they say 'our fans aren't like this.' Some of the fans at the game were absolutely horrible to sit with. I am one of those people that wants to go to a game to watch the game, and these people were more interested in heckling and drinking beer. Honestly, they had more beer than fans at Dodgers and Lakers games... it was unbelievable.
2. The Yankee's farm system is horrible. The hitters that came up after the 6th and 7th had no shot...
3. And this is my Dodger's connection and the reason why I decided to write this writeup. During the game, approximately the 7th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Yankee's center fielder, Greg Golson, made the catch and a very strong throw to third base. Almost every Yankee fan in the stadium clapped and cheered, except for me. I was used to seeing strong throws from center field. At that point, I realized just how special Matt Kemp was. He spoiled me with his defense. Something that I had felt was completley normal was seen as amazing by most.
So Dodger fans, enjoy watching Matt Kemp. Even someone who watches him everyday hadn't realize just how special this kid is. I hope everyone enjoys watching Kemp grow into a perennial MVP candidate and playing in Dodger blue for years to come. I may be a New Yorker, but seeing Matt Kemp in pinstripes would make me sick...