Matt Kemp reunited with terminally ill fan Joshua Jones on Monday (video)
On Monday, Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had some extra special guests at the team’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodgers Stadium.
You may recall the heartwarming moment from a few weeks ago when Kemp took a moment after a game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park to meet Joshua Jones, a 19-year-old from Tracy, Calif., who is suffering from inoperable tumors in his spine that have been deemed terminal, with doctors stating that he likely only has mere months to live.
The video of Kemp’s touching meeting with Jones quickly went viral, documenting how not only did the Dodgers slugger meet with the young man, but also gave Jones an autographed ball. And it didn’t end there, either. Kemp proceeded to give Johnson his hat, jersey and cleats.
Kemp, who was overcome with emotion from his interaction with Jones, had the young man and his family flown in so they could watch the Dodgers-Angels game as his guests.
Video via MLB.com:
The Dodgers also tweeted a Vine video showing Kemp hanging with Jones and his family.
.@therealmattkemp welcomes a friend from San Francisco, Joshua Jones to Dodger Stadium: vine.co/v/bVLWQ6wnP6Y
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 27, 2013
Not surprisingly, Jones and his family were touched by Kemp’s demonstration of generosity, integrity and class by flying the entire family in for the game. “This is a dream come true for my son here,” said Jones’ father Steve. “I mean, look at him — he doesn’t even know what to say.”