Clayton Kershaw was one of several former and current players in attendance Saturday night for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner in New York City. The purpose of the dinner was to present the winners with their awards, of which Kershaw received two — the NL MVP and NL Cy Young.
Kershaw’s historic season got off to an ominous start after he missed the first month due to inflammation behind his left shoulder. Upon returning, Kershaw had an uncharacteristically poor outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, then bounced back to put together one remarkable start after another.
Kershaw went on to throw his first career no-hitter, and finished with the MLB lead in wins, winning percentage, complete games, ERA, ERA+, and WHIP. His ERA title was a fourth-consecutive — a first for any pitcher in MLB history.
Being left-handed and talented beyond imagination, Kershaw has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax. The two have developed a relationship that extends beyond baseball and Koufax was on hand to present Kershaw with his awards Saturday.
Beginning with Koufax speaking fondly of Kershaw, is video of the two speeches, which includes Kershaw thanking all of his teammates with genuine appreciation: