The Dodgers will have so many guys representing them at the All-Star Game tomorrow evening. They already had 4 initial nominations before Tyler Anderson and Freddie Freeman were added in over the weekend as replacements.
They also had 2 guys initially starting with Trea Turner and Mookie Betts. Then this morning, we all got the news that Clayton Kershaw would be starting for the National League. It will be the first time in his illustrious career that he gets to start the All-Star Game.
Clayton Kershaw was asked about the opportunity this afternoon at a press conference. And the Dodgers hurler was as humble as ever when talking about the opportunity.
“You know what, it’s, uh, it’s hard because obviously, Sandy Alcantara, Tony Gonsolin, you can name a bunch, Max Fried. All these guys have better numbers than I do, and they should be starting this game. And I get that. But all that to say, I am just so excited. I get to do it here at Dodger stadium. I really didn’t think anything of it at the time. I was like, well, yeah, it’d be fun to do it or whatever. But now that it’s finally here and I get to start that game tomorrow night, it just, it means a lot. And it means a lot to my family and we’re excited.”
Sure, there are a few guys that have put up better numbers and have not missed time this year. But the Dodgers’ ace has been phenomenal over the games that he has been available for. And the fact that he gets to do it at Dodger Stadium is just too perfect to pass up.
But it wouldn’t be a Clayton Kershaw statement if he wasn’t incredibly humble about it. Dodgers fans are very excited to see him take the ball to start the Mid-Summer Classic, and they absolutely should be. Kershaw has started 12 games so far this year, and he’s looked much more impressive than anyone could have expected.
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