While Matt Kemp’s season on the field has been an utter disappointment. Between two trips to the disabled list, one of which he currently is on for a left shoulder issue (a 15-day stint as of July 6) and woefully subpar numbers at the plate across the board, the Los Angeles Dodgers superstar can’t seem to catch a break.
Off the field, however, Kemp has further bolstered his reputation as one of baseball’s all-around good guys. His heartwarming interaction with a terminally ill fan in San Francisco’s AT&T Park in May when he gave the young man nearly everything he was wearing along with an autographed ball, his touching reaction to the experience and his reunion with the fan at Dodger Stadium displayed the hallmarks of a truly caring and dignified individual.
But don’t think Kemp doesn’t look out for his teammates, too.
Kemp apparently wanted to ensure that his Dodgers teammates had the very best in ear gear for when they listened to tunes, so last week, he purchased a pair of white Mixr Beats by Dre headphones for each teammate. At $250 a pop and 25 players, that means it ended up costing Kemp about $6,250 for the whole shebang.
A photo uploaded to Beats by Dre’s Instagram account documented how the headphones were presented to Kemp’s Dodgers teammates, with third baseman Juan Uribe’s locker as the backdrop:
As noted by Big League Stew, Kemp does make about $20 million per season, so six grand is less than a drop in the bucket for the superstar, perhaps even less given Kemp has done some endorsement work for Beats by Dre in the past.
But most of the time, in the end, it’s not the amount a person spent on a gift relative to how much money they have, it’s the thought behind the gesture.