08/18/09 6:18 PM ET
Chat transcript: Outfielder Matt Kemp
Slugger talks LA, bobbleheads and the future
By / MLB.com
Matt Kemp: What's up everybody? I'm ready to chat, so start up the questions...
2cooljeff: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Matt Kemp: I actually have two...Gary Sheffield and Frank Thomas.
jzelaya: How do you feel about having your own bobblehead night?
Matt Kemp: I already had one in Double-A, but this is way more special...and it actually looks a lot more like me.
Matt Kemp: It's really exciting and my family is probably even more excited than me...I hope y'all come out and get one.
crazyplane: Hey Matt. What has been your most memorable moment playing as a Dodger so far?
Matt Kemp: Being in the playoffs for the first and actually winning a series. Nothing else comes close.
zerbs63: How is the clubhouse reacting to the recent struggles?
Matt Kemp: We're too good of a team to get down on ourselves..We are just as confident as when we were winning.
Matt Kemp: We're going to get through this spell and be fine, no one is panicking...y'all shouldn't either.
k27m55e16: You have such beautiful eyes, but in some pictures they look like they are a different color. What color are they?
Matt Kemp: Right now, they are hazel....but not as beautiful as yours!
tino_21: What/Who inspired you to became a baseball player?
Matt Kemp: My Dad had me out on the diamond when I was 4...Ive never known anything else but playing baseball.
brenduh: First of all, great job this season, you've been great..What is the craziest thing a fan has done to get your attention?
Matt Kemp: Hmmm....No comment
dodgers_girl89: What are your top 3 rappers of all time?
Matt Kemp: The masters: 2-Pac, Biggie, and Jay-Z
littlemrsd: I have noticed that you do a lot in the community with different charities. Which is your favorite charity to be a part of?
Matt Kemp: My foundation for Autism [is] called Taca...My brother is autistic so it's a passion of mine
thkblue32: Hey Matt, do you think you have a good chance at winning a Gold Glove this season?
Matt Kemp: I work hard in the outfield and it's definitely a goal. Playing defense is fun...I've spoken to my family and friends and told them I want this award, but there are a lot of great center fielders so we'll see
drayuh: Who gave you the nickname "The Bison?"
Matt Kemp: I'm pretty sure it was Braves' broadcaster Don Sutton...it's not a bad nickname. Anyone have suggestions for another?
KingCali: Ok Matt, Manny has Mannywood... What would your fan seating area be called?
Matt Kemp: How about Beastwood? I don't know....help me out!
goblue2008: What is on your Ipod right now?
Matt Kemp: Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Gucci Man, and lots of R&B
bruin007: Having played basketball growing up, would you ever consider playing in the NBA All-Star celebrity game?
Matt Kemp: I'm not sure how the Dodgers would feel about that...
v_chavez87: What kind of necklace is the one you wear every game?
Matt Kemp: It's a Phiten necklace..It's supposed to be magnetic therapy....who knows....
alejanseren: Where is your favorite place to eat in L.A.?
Matt Kemp: Katana on sunset
gmg917: How excited were you when the Lakers won the NBA championship?
Matt Kemp: I found out when we were on the way back from a road trip...I started yelling on the plane...So the answer is very excited..haha
yanovich: Hey Matt, who has the best curveball in the league ;) ?
Matt Kemp: I think Tim Lincecum
lawahine: When the kids run out on the field with you, I notice you call the kids back to give them a dap. Is that for luck?
Matt Kemp: No, they just always forget to give me some so I have to call them back....
superletty: Besides Dodger Stadium, what other stadium to enjoy playing at most?
Matt Kemp: I like Anaheim and Arizona...I see the ball well in both parks.
trubluluv: What do you like to do during the offseason?
Matt Kemp: Hopefully, we don't have a very long offseason...I go to basketball games, relax and get ready for the next year.
cain8: Do you like batting clean up or do you feel like its added pressure?
Matt Kemp: I'll bat wherever Joe puts me and it makes no difference as long as I'm in there.
dodgers18: Who are your really good friends on the Dodgers?
Matt Kemp: I love all my teammates, but I spend a lot of time with Juan Pierre, James Loney, and Casey Blake.
dodgers_girl89: What did you think of "The Adventures of Lil Matt Kemp"?
Matt Kemp: I thought it was hilarious...I want to thank the Dodgers and Snoop for being a part of it. You can see it on the Dodger website or on Youtube.
llama5492: Will you start updating your Twitter again? I wanna hear what you have to say!
Matt Kemp: I'll try, but it's tough during the season with all that I have to do...I appreciate your interest.
LADLance: Which stellar catch that you've made this season did you think was the best? (I liked the Willie Mays one)
Matt Kemp: Probably the one I made against Matt Diaz and the Braves a couple weeks ago in right-center..It was at Dodger Stadium.
MamasJuelz: How did you get hooked up with True Blue Tattoo & Crooks & Castles?
Matt Kemp: I met Landon at a gas station after a game...I like tattoos and he owned a shop so he gave me his card.
basketballprincess: Have you had a chance to give Blake Griffin any advice on how to adjust and survive in L.A.?
Matt Kemp: Of course...every time we hang out. We're from the same small state and Los Angeles is totally different.
Matt Kemp: I'm happy for him that he has people around him like me to help out....I kind of had to figure it out on my own, but I love L.A.!
Matt Kemp: Only a few more guys, I have to run soon.
tino_21: If you could go on a vacation after you win the World Series, where would you go?
Matt Kemp: The Bahamas sound nice...so does Las Vegas....so does Brazil.... nothing sounds as good as winning the World Series though.
trublu4evr: Your birthday is next month, do you have anything special planned?
Matt Kemp: I'll be in Pittsburgh...not a whole lot special to do out there although I will catch up with my boys LaRoche and Delwyn Young.
Matt Kemp: Thanks so much for all of the questions, I wish I could stay longer. Keep rooting us on...Go Blue!
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