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Kemp on L.A. fans: Disappointing, shocking

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07:16 AM ET 05.29 | Matt Kemp continues to hear boos, and he knows it, admitting over the weekend that, "I'm taking a beating from the fans." [And] that was before he struck out four more times. "It's disappointing to get booed by our own fans, even shocking. "Maybe the fans are disappointed in me for not performing." ... Kemp ran into a Colorado wall last season, underwent shoulder surgery and now swings hard. But he pulls back at the very end because his shoulder lacks flexibility. It makes him vulnerable to low and outside pitches. Kemp hates, and that's not a strong enough word for it, to say anything that might suggest he's making excuses for his lousy play. "I'm the one swinging at the bad pitches," he says. "I don't want to talk about my shoulder."

Los Angeles Times

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May 29, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Does Magic even show up at home games anymore?

May 29, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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With the highest payroll in MLB, and their poor record, I'm sure the LA fans are "disappointed" in the Dodgers, and even "shocked" that they're doing so poorly.

I wonder which fan base is more disappointed and shocked, the Dodgers' or Blue Jays'?

Personally, I'm more shocked by the Dodgers' performance than I am the Blue Jays', but I'm not disappointed by either. Actually, I'm kind of enjoying the Blue Jays' collapse.

May 29, 2013  09:02 AM ET

While I believe Kemp is pretty much an up an up guy who cares about his performance in the game and his relationship with the fans, the unfortunate reality is that when your team is performing way below expectations and you are personally struggling then the fans will boo you. It's just the way it is. And, more so in this day of such huge mega-million dollar contracts. Even some of the biggest stars in the game througout the history of MLB have been booed at one point or another.

May 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET

With the price of baseball tickets which helps pay your salary Kemp fans have a right to express themselves with your poor play. I know you say you feel bad about the way you are playing, but I bet you still cash your checks every 1st and 15th.

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May 29, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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I wonder which fan base is more disappointed and shocked, the Dodgers' or Blue Jays'?Personally, I'm more shocked by the Dodgers' performance than I am the Blue Jays', but I'm not disappointed by either. Actually, I'm kind of enjoying the Blue Jays' collapse.

The Dodgers have had a lot of injuries to deal with, plus Kemp isn't healthy. That shoulder probably won't be right for another 6 months. The Jays have just failed.

May 29, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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With the price of baseball tickets which helps pay your salary Kemp fans have a right to express themselves with your poor play. I know you say you feel bad about the way you are playing, but I bet you still cash your checks every 1st and 15th.

Well, why wouldn't he. Wouldn't you? He's supposed to give the teama rebate because he is in an extended slump? Is there a clause in his contract that says that?
Unless a tema could prove that a player is purposly underforming on the field or throwing games or in some other way making a mockery of the game then they have to pay that player and that palyer has every right to take the money to the bank and deposit it wherever he so chooses.

May 29, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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I wonder which fan base is more disappointed and shocked, the Dodgers' or Blue Jays'?Personally, I'm more shocked by the Dodgers' performance than I am the Blue Jays', but I'm not disappointed by either. Actually, I'm kind of enjoying the Blue Jays' collapse.

Can you really consider the Blue Jays perfomance up to this point a collapse? I mean, is it a collapse when they have simply failed from the get go up to this point?

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May 29, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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Can you really consider the Blue Jays perfomance up to this point a collapse? I mean, is it a collapse when they have simply failed from the get go up to this point?

Good point. Call it "failure to launch."

May 29, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Has Greinke pitched this season?

May 29, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Has Greinke pitched this season?

Yes and he's back.

Remember he had his shoulder injured during a baseball fight in April?

May 29, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Ouch.

Sorry, Danny.

I consider you to be an informed and objective Blue Jays fan, and my schadenfreude has nothing to do with you.

That said, I was really annoyed during the offseason by listening to Blue Jays fans talk about how amazing Alex Popodopolis and the moves he made were. I'm sure that, to a large extent, they were fueled by mouth-breathing sports media, who also annoyed me.

The poster '...the best policy' left a comment last week on a Jays thread that did a great job explaining what happened:

Funny how everyone lauded the moves made by the Miami Marlins last winter, only to watch them finish in last place. Then, those same morons applauded the Blue Jays this winter as they acquired several of those same guys who led Miami to last place.

Why are people surprised?

May 29, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Yes and he's back. Remember he had his shoulder injured during a baseball fight in April?

Unless I am misremembring wasn't that a dust up that he simply forget to participate in and thereby wound getting the worst of the situation?

May 29, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Sorry, Danny.I consider you to be an informed and objective Blue Jays fan, and my schadenfreude has nothing to do with you.That said, I was really annoyed during the offseason by listening to Blue Jays fans talk about how amazing Alex Popodopolis and the moves he made were. I'm sure that, to a large extent, they were fueled by mouth-breathing sports media, who also annoyed me.The poster '...the best policy' left a comment last week on a Jays thread that did a great job explaining what happened:Funny how everyone lauded the moves made by the Miami Marlins last winter, only to watch them finish in last place. Then, those same morons applauded the Blue Jays this winter as they acquired several of those same guys who led Miami to last place.Why are people surprised?

I agree 100% with that poster's assessment of the Jays acquisitions and I said as much during preseason posts. Not one of those players overly impressed me as an addition to the Jays team that would catapult them to the head of the AL East, forget about the head of the AL.

May 29, 2013  09:41 AM ET

I've been shocked and disappointed by Dodger fans for years. They're savages.

May 29, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Unless I am misremembring wasn't that a dust up that he simply forget to participate in and thereby wound getting the worst of the situation?

Something like that.

Forget the batter that charged him.

 
May 29, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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I've been shocked and disappointed by Giant fans for years. They're front runners.

Yup.

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