I like watching Matt Kemp play, I’m not embarrassed to admit that. I know common sense and advance metrics may tell us he sucks, but I’ve never had much use for either in affairs of the heart.
Fans seem really happy with GM A.J. Preller for getting this kind of value from Atlanta for an over the hill player, but he’s the one that traded for him in the first place, so let’s call it a push. While as Padres fans, we’re supposed to be happy he’s gone so organization can save buttloads of money, I find myself missing him.
I remember when we met him at the batting cages. He was so quiet, so shy and so handsome. We had so much in common. He was talented too, like he hit for the cycle. And remember when he harvested all those RBI and hit all those dingers? Well now we find out that he did it without even trying. That’s how talented he is. He told Atlanta so in an open letter.
Of course, there is so much that I will miss about San Diego, and I want to thank the Padres for giving me the opportunity to play in such a wonderful city. While I may no longer be a member of the Padres, San Diego will still be a place I call home, and the city where I plan to start my family. I also want to thank the team’s amazing fans. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms, and for being so friendly. Just yesterday, for instance, a kind lady came up to me in a restaurant in town to thank me for that time I hit for the cycle last August. She wished me nothing but the very best in the future, and it was such a sweet gesture. That’s what San Diego is all about.
Even his charm is effortless. I’m not even mad that he played half-assed.
I got sidetracked from what I loved most about playing the game of baseball — having fun. I let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships tarnish the reputation I had worked so hard to establish. Sadly, I gained a reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate.
Kemp even did his fans a favor, who had trouble letting go. In an effort to help us move on he tossed a rock at us, like Timmy did when he tried to get Lassie to leave his side for his own good.
Matt Kemp: "I've never really played in a baseball town before. So, I am excited about that."— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 2, 2016
But even his insults are half-assed. I still like Matt Kemp, I just can’t help it.
Went to Player's Tribune to read Kemp piece. Really sad personal self-indictment. Lost a lot of respect. At least he fessed up.— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) August 2, 2016
Matt Kemp's piece in The Players' Tribune is an embarrassment.— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) August 2, 2016