Monday, November 14, 2011
Matt Kemp @ Dodgers Dreamfield in Compton
Last week the Dodgers sent a e-mail to the media with details on dedicating a dreamfield in Compton today. Even though I enjoy attending these events, I wasn't planning on going. Then early this morning, news broke out that Matt Kemp was close to sign a eight year contract extension worth up to $160 million. What a great way to start the day.
Then the Dodgers sent a e-mail after that big news that Frank McCourt and Matt Kemp were going to attend the dedication in Compton.
Twitter went crazy and most reporters that I follow assumed that the Dodgers were going to announce the contract extension of Kemp. I assumed too. What a better way to announce the big news? I just had to go and witness this myself.
The dedication was scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Those on hand for the dedication ceremony included Frank McCourt, Dodger Owner and Chairman, Matt Kemp, Dodger center fielder, Howard Sunkin, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, Second District, Anita L. DeFrantz, President, LA84 Foundation and Russ Guiney, Director, County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation.
At the dedication, Dodger alumni including Compton native Kenny Landreaux, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas, led a clinic on the new field for students from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.
Renovations to the new Dodgers Dreamfield at Mona Park include a new irrigation system, re-grading of the entire field, new turf and infield dirt, a new solar-powered scoreboard and new field signage.
The Mona Park field is the seventh of ten Dreamfield dedications that will take place in 2011, a number that will more than double the number of Dodgers Dreamfields to 20, with the goal of 50 Dreamfields in the years to come.
Matt Kemp arrives in sweat-pants.
Hall of Famer Don Newcombe -
Frank McCourt speaks.
Video - McCourt speaks.
Video - Kemp speaks.
Kemp & McCourt
All the reporters went after McCourt. He's somewhere there, along with Kemp.
I don't think Kemp felt comfortable with all those reporters asking questions towards McCourt. He gets out and does his own little press conference.
Videos - Kemp talks about his contract status. Said nothing is official yet but they are close to a deal. It's interesting to hear the questions that the reporters ask. They are trying to fool him in saying that the deal is done. Check it out....
In this group you will hear Dylan Hernandez and Bill Plashcke of the L.A. Times, Michael Eaves of Fox Sports, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports and others.
While there was no big announcement in regards to Kemp's contract, it was still nice for him to arrive.
I'm sure this deal will get done soon.