Like a pot slowly coming to a boil, the conversation surrounding Clayton Kershaw starting the All-Star game later this month has transformed from a local topic of discussion to a national debate. On Saturday night, Clayton Kershaw did the talking without saying a word. Clayton allowed just five hits and one run in 7.2 innings of work against the visiting Cubs. He struck out 10 without yielding a single walk.
The Dodgers franchise pitcher’s ERA now stands at 2.40 after 11 starts. An All-Star-worthy-ERA some might say.
Count Freddie Freeman among those saying it. After the game, the Dodgers first baseman pushed for Kershaw to get the nod for the Midsummer Classic.
“Hopefully he gets in there because he deserves it. He’s been a special pitcher for 14 years now and I’m just happy to be his teammate now. He should be able to pitch in his home stadium. He’s been pitching like an All-Star all year.”
After the game, Kershaw was asked once again about the prospect of making his ninth All-Star game.
“I think it’s cool that people care. I said it before — it just goes to show I’ve been here a long time, which is special. I don’t take that for granted, to be here for as long as I have.”
Baseball needs to do something they often don’t – give the people what they want.
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