MVP candidate Matt Kemp is the subject of Ken Rosenthal's latest column at Fox Sports. There are several quotes from Kemp, Ned Colletti, Dave Stewart, and ex-coaches Larry Bowa and Bob Schaefer, but my favorite passage was this, which could make for a scene from a movie:
However, Kemp slowly came around. In August, after one particularly rough game, Colletti said that he received a call from Stewart suggesting that he chat with Kemp. The two met later that day, in a private area of the Dodgers’ clubhouse. The conversation lasted about 45 minutes. It was a man-to-man, open discussion, emotional in a good way, Colletti said.
Kemp acknowledged to Colletti that his play had been disappointing, even to himself. Colletti asked Kemp if he felt like he had been "carrying a lot of people on his back." When Kemp indicated yes, Colletti said, "take me off." The GM asked Kemp for maximum effort, nothing more.
Chad Billingsley tries to stave off a sweep against the house money lineup for the Reds, who end their west coast road trip today.
Game Time: 12:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket