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Kershaw reflects on his legacy & other things

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Wright Thompson of ESPN spent a day with Clayton Kershaw during spring training, and as luck would have it it was March 12, the day Major League Baseball cancelled the remainder of spring training and delayed opening day amid the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic.

After shadowing Kershaw that day, and after subsequent follow ups with Kershaw and his wife Ellen, Thompson wrote an in-depth profile that touches on many topics, including dealing with last year’s NLDS loss, checking into hotel rooms using fake names, how much Kershaw was looking forward to starting on opening day, and a call with Sandy Koufax.

Thompson was also a guest Wednesday morning on the ESPN Daily podcast, discussing this article.

One of the themes of the piece is how Kershaw, one of baseball’s most meticulous players, is handling the chaos and uncertainty of the shutdown. Couple that with Kershaw’s closeness with his wife and three children, which Ellen Kershaw touches on:

So Ellen doesn’t keep a family calendar. Not a physical one, and not one on her computer or phone. On Opening Day, the Dodgers pass out a magnet schedule that she puts on their refrigerator and a folding pocket schedule she can take with her wherever she goes. Any time anyone asks her a question — when the tree guy can come, or the dude who sets traps for moles, or anything — she goes to the fridge or opens her purse. “Every baseball family does it different,” Ellen said. “And I just know that our family would not function without Clayton. We say seven days is our max of what we can spend without each other.”

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Or you can think of the alternate reality, when baseball’s color barrier was broken in 1947 by ... Babe Ruth?