Graham sits down with two-time All-Star outfielder, Matt Kemp, in Los Angeles. Now in his first season with the Padres, the former Dodger opens up about not knowing how to play when he joined the majors, coping with fan and management criticism and narrowly losing the 2011 MVP. He also remembers growing up with his mom, almost pursuing basketball over baseball and tears of joy when his first long-term contract was finalized.
Matt Kemp on nearly getting drafted 1st overall by the Marlins, how his young baseball career took a back seat to his love for basketball and the struggles of boredom during rookie ball.
Matt Kemp on playing high school basketball against big names like Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony and why his dad was right to push Kemp away from basketball and towards baseball.
Matt Kemp recalls accidentally shooting a BB in his cousin’s knee, trying to cover it up and inadvertently making his grandpa cry.
Matt Kemp talks about his mom working two jobs and how his dad wasn’t around much as a kid.
Matt Kemp on getting snubbed in 2011 MVP voting and a beastly encounter with Ken Griffey Jr.
Matt Kemp on struggling through his 2010 season and criticism from fans and Dodgers management.
Matt Kemp remembers breaking down in tears after signing an 8-year, $160 million contract with the Dodgers, and how the deal was foretold in fortune cookies.
Matt Kemp on owning hundreds of shoes valued at roughly $200K, what he looks for to see if a woman has it together and working with a stylist.
Matt Kemp remembers being hounded by tabloid paparazzi while he dated Rihanna.