Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw spent part of his Monday off day as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. The 25-year-old discussed the Dodgers' recent surge into first place, a rookie prank by Jason Schmidt, and Kershaw's great uncle discovering Pluto.
The first part of the interview is above, and the second part is here:
But perhaps most importantly, Kershaw discussed his love for ping pong, and reminisced about his spring training doubles tournament triumph with Shawn Tolleson.
"Ping pong is my second favorite sport. I love it," Kershaw told Kimmel. "In spring training (the clubhouse) is the only place we can play because we have a lot of free time in spring training. We get all these doubles tournaments going, it's a ton of fun. We're in there a lot more than we're practicing, that's for sure."
Kershaw also leaked word of a charity ping pong tournament at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29, like Monday a rare off day in the middle of a homestand. All the proceeds will go to Kershaw's Challenge as well as various other local charities, per Kershaw.
Jerry Hairston was watching the broadcast and sounds ready for the challenge.
@ClaytonKersh22 I hope Zack, My doubles partner was watching tonight! See u guys Aug 29th!!— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@Therealjhair) July 30, 2013
Kershaw also played ping pong against actor Neil Patrick Harris, the lead guest of Kimmel on Monday, but the footage wasn't shown during the broadcast.
Tune into @JimmyKimmelLive soon to watch me in a pong pong duel with @ActuallyNPH. #PingPong4Purpose pic.twitter.com/gWnmZ1nTlV— Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) July 30, 2013
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