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Wish Clayton Kershaw a very happy birthday by enjoying 10 of his very nastiest GIFs

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on September 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw's career ERA is 2.43 -- 54 percent better than league average. He's posted an ERA below 3 every year but 2008, when he was a 20-year-old rookie. He's struck out 1,746 batters, including 301 (!) last year. He's won three NL Cy Young Awards over the past five seasons. 
But these are just words. They might tell us that Clayton Kershaw is on his way to becoming one of the greatest pitchers in history, but to truly show us, we need something more. Something like GIFs. And so, on the day Kershaw turns 28 (no, really, he's only 28), we present: 10 of the greatest, nastiest, filthiest Clayton Kershaw GIFs there are.
He's got the fastball:

He's got the slider:

And, of course, he's got the curveball:

No, seriously, look at this thing:

Here he is proving that, yes, it is actually possible to make Bryce Harper look mortal:

Mike Trout fared no better:

And here he is doing it under the bright lights of October:

Although, really, the fact that he's an actual Jedi probably has something to do with his success:

And, last but not least, the greatest cinematic testament to the brilliance of Clayton Kershaw: him taking ping pong more seriously than anyone has ever taken ping pong.

Happy birthday, Clayton.