Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp who is recovering from off season shoulder surgery, and is said to look leaner and in better shape. Kemp is ready to be the leadership voice inside the Dodgers clubhouse. Despite his declarations and goals for the season to just simply remain healthy, his attitude is ready for the Dodgers to take their commanding place in the National League.
Kemp’s attitude and presence is truly being felt inside the Spring Training clubhouse at Camelback Ranch from him singing loudly to his favorite music, to horsing around with with various pitchers. To slapping Hanley Ramirez along the back, his energy is infectious amongst all of his teammates. He is as positive as he is loud and connecting, there is no question that the chemistry is imperative to the success of this 2013 Dodgers team.
“We brought in a lot of guys, but this is Matt’s team, and everybody in here wants it to be Matt’s team. He’s such a big player, such a big personality, it should be his team,” said Mark Ellis Dodgers second baseman.
Kemp has truly stepped into elite company with being a public leader of a major franchise, like Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, or Chris Paul with the Clippers, now Kemp has an opportunity to stand an deliver. And looks ready to not only lead verbally but most importantly by example.
Kemp is focused, as he discussed his recent weight loss and his readiness to lead this team to a championship. ”I’m playing center field, so I can’t be out there and be all heavy and try to run around and make plays like Mike Trout. I have to be light to do things like that.” Kemp gave props to the Angels superstar, who was last season’s AL Rookie of the Year.
Kemp will not only have to stay healthy, but reach back to his amazing 2011 season, where he put up MVP type numbers in order to take this team higher heights this season.