Because he’s Matt Freakin’ Kemp.
Because even struggling through an injury-plagued season, even at his absolute worst, his 2013 OPS (.700) is almost as high as the Dodgers’ healthy outfielders in left (.755) and center (.762).
Because in the 11 games he managed to play after his first stint on the disabled list in 2013, Kemp had a .390 on-base percentage and .622 slugging, with three home runs in his most recent 14 at-bats.
Because even if he is never going to hit 39 homers in a season again, he’s still 13 months shy of his 30th birthday with the potential to hit as well as virtually any Dodger.
Because he’s a guy who can do harm in the playoffs. Because he wants to prove himself. Because he wants to win.
Because he’s the Bison.
He’s Matt Freakin’ Kemp.
Matt Kemp is running the bases. Looked fine going from first to third.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 27, 2013
— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) August 27, 2013
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 27, 2013
Cubs at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
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