An athlete and a gentleman
May 9, 2013 5:01 AM   Subscribe

Matt Kemp signs the ball of a young man who has 90 days to live. This kid has an inoperable tumor that has grown so large that it prevents him from being able to lift the ball he wanted signed. What happens next is beautiful.
posted by Yellow (24 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
There's no crying in baseball!
posted by djeo at 5:08 AM on May 9, 2013 [12 favorites]


It doesn't seem right to cry at a guy taking his clothes off in public. I know nothing about baseball but I don't need to to know that this is awesome.
posted by tracicle at 5:16 AM on May 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


He's makin' it harder to hate the Dodgers. Well done, Mr. Kemp.
posted by Mister_A at 5:23 AM on May 9, 2013 [5 favorites]


What a great moment.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:29 AM on May 9, 2013


Not only am I crying in baseball I am crying because goddamn Dodgers. Shit.
posted by rtha at 5:39 AM on May 9, 2013 [8 favorites]


I wonder if the guy was sitting there thinking, "OK, thank you, this is great, but you can stop now. Please, not the jock strap. Stop before the jock strap."
posted by pracowity at 5:40 AM on May 9, 2013 [8 favorites]


That was pretty cool.
The ball, hat, jersey and shoes should help offset the cost of medical care, too.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:06 AM on May 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Seriously well played.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:29 AM on May 9, 2013


"Ummmm, you can keep the shoes. I'll take a bat though."
posted by stltony at 6:51 AM on May 9, 2013


I like that he's so...I don't know, matter-of-fact about it. Like it's not a big deal or anything.

Oh, you wanted me to sign your ball? No problem.

Oh, you have a tumor? Here is my hat, jersey, and shoes.

Have a good day.

I need to go take a shower and I'm supposed to pick up some bread on the way home.
posted by VTX at 7:05 AM on May 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


Rihanna should have stuck with this guy instead
posted by The Gooch at 7:33 AM on May 9, 2013 [10 favorites]


His team had just been swept by the hated Giants (There will be a day, Mister_A, when your chirping will come home to roost. . .OK maybe not this decade). . . .so for him to do this, where he did it, just adds so much classiness to it all.
posted by Danf at 7:43 AM on May 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


That struck me too, VTX. I imagine it's weird for him, on so many levels - meeting someone who has been handed a life sentence isn't an everyday occurence. Add to that that it's a kid - tragic. On top of THAT, it's one of this kid's dying wishes to meet you - it's got to be a bizarre perspective. Maybe that accounts for his seeming nonchalance? 'Cuz if you stop and think about it - REALLY think about it - it's just all too bizarre.
posted by fingers_of_fire at 7:52 AM on May 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rihanna should have stuck with this guy instead = THAT'S RIGHT, I knew the name sounded familiar to me. I forgot they dated!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:14 AM on May 9, 2013


This is like that stupid Russian dash-cam video from the other day insofar as they both made me instantly just start weeping at my desk, so, whatever.

WHATEVER, base decency of humankind. WHATEVER.
posted by kbanas at 9:07 AM on May 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


'Cuz if you stop and think about it - REALLY think about it - it's just all too bizarre.

- heartbreaking
- mind-numbing
- brutal
- unfair
- cruel
- inspiring
- beautiful
- hopeful
- difficult to put into words
posted by Fizz at 11:01 AM on May 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


There's no crying in baseball!

Challenge accepted.


*snif*
posted by grubi at 11:29 AM on May 9, 2013


Heard about this video on the news while I was brushing my teeth. Read about it in the paper. Now I see it on the blue and I'm still tearing up here at the generosity and kindness and plain friendliness.
posted by bearwife at 11:45 AM on May 9, 2013


Is it wrong of me to to want the pants off, too?
posted by Foam Pants at 12:14 PM on May 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Here's hoping the ad revenue from this video goes to the right guy.
posted by ShutterBun at 1:04 PM on May 9, 2013


that made me tear up

god, if i were home i'd let it out

that's too much right there
posted by MoxieProxy at 1:14 PM on May 9, 2013


Very emotional video, and a very classy act on Kemp's part. As always, if you want to retain a shred of hope for humanity, DO NOT read any of the YouTube comments.
posted by dr. strangelove at 3:50 PM on May 9, 2013


The story behind the video from the Los Angeles Times.
posted by colt45 at 5:14 PM on May 9, 2013


Matt Kemp has lost his power? Really?

Awwwwwww.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:28 PM on May 9, 2013


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