Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp broke out of a 97-at bat homerless drought on Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers with a solo shot to left field. After the game, he then hit another home run by pledging to donate $1,000 to the tornado victims in Oklahoma for the home run he hit, and $1,000 more for every home run he hits until the mid-July, All-Star break:
I’m giving $1000 for tonight’s HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. #PrayforOklahoma
— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) May 21, 2013
Monday’s tragedy hits close to home for Kemp, who was a star high school athlete in his hometown of Midwest City, which is 30 miles from Moore, Oklahoma where most of the tornado devastation occurred.
This isn’t the first time Kemp has shown that he is an awesome person with a big heart off the baseball field. Two weeks ago, he gave his hat, jersey, cleats and a signed ball to a handicapped fan after a loss against rival San Francisco Giants. He also has a personal website, TheRealMattKemp.com, which offers help to multiple children’s charities.
Kemp has just two home runs this season, but he is very capable of regaining his power. Hopefully he can. I’m sure more people will be rooting for the Oklahoma native now after his latest selfless gesture. Way to go, Matt. It’s great to see acts of kindness like this not only in the game of baseball, but in everyday life as well.