Action: Matt Kemp is traded to the Padres. Reaction: Matt Kemp bids farewell to Dodgers fans
It is one of the fundamental laws of the baseball universe: For each and every player transaction, there is an equal and opposite player farewell. With Matt Kemp's name getting called late Wednesday, he adhered to the constructs of MLB physics and offered his emotional goodbye to Dodgers fans.
Though clubs have yet to confirm, Matt Kemp appears to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.
The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove award-winning outfielder spent his first nine seasons in MLB with the Dodgers.
"It is with a lot of emotion that I say goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the beginning of my career," Kemp wrote in a message to fans on Instagram today. "You have given me so much."
It is with a lot of emotion that I say goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the beginning of my career. You have given me so much. Your faith and support for the last 9 years through good times and bad, homestands and home runs was showcased through the volume of your cheers and the love for your team. I'm thankful to the Dodgers organization for taking a chance on an Oklahoma kid. I believe we control our paths. The paths we take, control our destiny. I'm excited for the future. God Bless
"I believe we control our paths. The paths we take, control our destiny. I'm excited for the future," Kemp wrote.
Indeed, another governing law of the baseball universe: The future offers infinite possibilities.
Let's just hope Kemp stays as on-his-toes in the on-deck circle as he did with L.A.: