In year 15, it finally feels like Clayton Kershaw is learning how to slow down and take things as they come. No start is guaranteed in Major League Baseball, it very much feels like the Dodgers hurler is trying to embrace that lately. That would include him talking about his recent All-Star Game nod.
The Dodgers southpaw was selected to the game for the 9th time in his illustrious carer. But unlike those other 8 times, this one will be held at Dodger Stadium. It should be pretty special for Dodgers fans getting to watch him and the other guys take the field.
In years past, Kershaw might have dished out the company line when talking about the nod. Something about how he’s proud to be out there representing his team and the ultimate goal is a championship at the end of the year. But this time, the longtime Dodgers ace just seemed thankful. Thankful for the opportunity to play the game he loves.
“As the years go by you start to appreciate things a little bit more. So every time I get to pitch at Dodger Stadium, every time we get a win, every time something significant happens, I try to take it in a little bit more now because you never know when it will be the last time. That’s no different with this All-Star Game. I’m super excited about it. It really will be cool to do one at home too. I think it’s just a special place for me personally and to get to do that in front of the home crowd will be really cool.”
It’s going to be pretty storybook for a guy that could call it a career at any moment and be a first-ballot Hall of Famer It will be the first and last time that he gets to take the mound at Dodger Stadium for the All-Star Game. And it very well could be the first Mid-Summer Classic that he starts for the NL.
Take it all in Dodgers fans. This will be a moment that you remember for a very long time. Long live King Kersh.
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