Yesterday’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium delivered on all of the hype leading up to the first Midsummer Classic at Chavez Ravine in 42 years. Denzel Washington and Mookie Betts both spoke to the crowd before the game. Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s wife, received birthday wishes from the NL and AL All-Stars. Fernando Valenzuela threw out the ceremonial first pitch just before Clayton Kershaw took the mound in the first All-Star Game start of his career.
The wait for Kershaw, was worth it.
Although he gave up a single to Shohei Ohtani, Kershaw picked him off and finished his one inning of work without allowing a run.
Now, more than ever, the 15-year Dodgers veteran is learning to soak in the magical moments. After the game, Clayton reflected on his big start at his home stadium (quotes via The LA Times’ Jack Harris).
“Knowing that I’m not going to get to start an All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium ever again. It was just really cool for me to kind of take that all in at once.”
Thousands of Dodgers fans in attendance roared as Kershaw’s name was announced while he was warming up. Clayton definitely heard the cheers.
“I can’t say enough good things about Dodger fans, people in L.A. in general, just how much these last few days, how much they wanted me to do this. It meant a lot to me too. So that was really cool.”
In years past, Kershaw would’ve shrugged off the cheers and the moment. He would’ve reminded everyone how winning the World Series, not starting in his first All-Star Game, is the ultimate goal.
But that was then and this is now.
Now, Clayton Kershaw goes out of his way to appreciate each and every single moment.
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