Dodgers fan visits LA courtesy of Matt Kemp
by TP staff
May 31, 2013 | 2542 views | 1 1 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 19-year-old Tracy resident took a trip to Los Angeles this week, courtesy of Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.

Joshua Jones and his family watched the Dodgers beat the Angels 8-7 on Monday, May 27. But the story of Kemp’s generosity began May 5 at the Giants vs. Dodgers game in San Francisco.

The Giants won the game 4-3, but Kemp won the hearts of baseball fans everywhere. reported that Jones is a cancer patient and a Dodger fan and went to AT&T Park see his team play the Giants.

His father, Steve Jones, reportedly asked Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach if Kemp would sign a baseball for his son.

Upon hearing of his fan’s fight against cancer, Kemp also gave Joshua Jones his No. 27 jersey, his cap and his cleats.

A video of Kemp’s gesture spread across the Internet, gaining him the respect of Giants fans and even causing many Dodger fans to forgive him for his early-season slump.

Kemp invited the Jones family to Los Angeles as his guests for the Memorial Day game on Monday. reported that Kemp took Joshua onto the field to watch batting practice and meet other Dodgers players.

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June 08, 2013
Standing ovation to Matt Kemp and to you too Joshua, along with my prayers.

I grew up in LA and have been a Dodger fan since the Drysdale, Koufax days, and we Dodger fans never give up.

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