Clayton Kershaw asked his kids if they wanted him to go for the shutout in NLDS Game 2
Clayton Kershaw was dazzling during the Dodgers' 3-0 victory in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Braves. He pitched eight shutout innings on a mere 85 pitches, earning a standing ovation from even the likes of Sandy Koufax.
Since Kershaw's pitch count was so low, it seemed like he might get the opportunity to go for the complete game, especially when he took the mound to start the ninth. Once right-handed-hitting Tyler Flowers was announced as the Braves' pinch-hitter, though, manager Dave Roberts made the move to swap Kershaw out for closer Kenley Jansen.
Plenty of fans at Dodger Stadium wanted to see Kershaw finish his shutout, so it was an unpopular move. (To Jansen's credit, he closed out the win with ease.) However, the ultimate arbiters for Kershaw were his two children, Cali and Charlie. During the postgame, Los Angeles Times reporter Andy McCullough asked Kershaw about what the kids thought of this decision.
Although Charlie waved toward the microphone as if swatting away the question, he still seemed mostly indifferent. Cali, on the other hand, was decisive:
"See? Yeah, she knows," cracked Kershaw.
No, "Da-da" cannot finish the ninth. He has to put the kids to bed soon! Makes sense.