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Ian Kennedy is Gonna Get That Basement

Ian Kennedy is a good guy, and he has a good way of looking at things.

When Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy came to visit the MLB Fan Cave recently, the thing that I will remember most was how quiet and polite he was. I kept thinking that, had my Dad been here to meet the young hurler, he would have said, "That Kennedy kid is a good egg." And my Dad would have been right.

Ian arrived with D'Backs reliever J.J. Putz, another great guy (and a giant, by the way), telling Ryan and I what it was like to live and play in Arizona. After a second, we got to the aged-old question, "How's the heat?" J.J. said he deals with it, has a pool and a basement. Ian then jumped in with, "You've got a basement? I don't have a basement." We all then had fun with the quiet right-hander and his lack of rooms in his Arizona home. That situation could change very soon if Kennedy continues to pitch like he has been.

This season, Kennedy is racking up some great moments that will help get him that basement. Already in 2011, he has bested Philadelphia Phillies All-Star southpaw Cliff Lee and turned in some of the most impressive outings of the season. Last night, he even showed that he can also swing the bat by lacing a single up the middle to break up Tim Lincecum’s no-hit bid. Not to mention, he matched the Giants hurler pitch for pitch in an excellent pitchers' duel that was a treat to watch in the Cave. Kennedy allowed only four hits and struck out eight in eight shutout innings, lowering his ERA to a solid 3.23. If he keeps this type of stuff up, Mr. Kennedy may even get a new sunroom, too.

It is easy to root for a guy like Ian – sure he was a Yankee prospect and came up with the Bombers, but my reasoning for liking him is more than that. Ian Kennedy is a good guy, and you can tell from talking to him, he has a good way of looking at things. Keep your head down, do your job and set your goals. I hope you get that basement, Ian. Good luck.

When Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy came to visit the MLB Fan Cave recently, the thing that I will remember most was how quiet and polite he was. I kept thinking that, had my Dad been here to meet the young hurler, he would have said, "That Kennedy kid is a good egg." And my Dad would have been right.

Ian arrived with D'Backs reliever J.J. Putz, another great guy (and a giant, by the way), telling Ryan and I what it was like to live and play in Arizona. After a second, we got to the aged-old question, "How's the heat?" J.J. said he deals with it, has a pool and a basement. Ian then jumped in with, "You've got a basement? I don't have a basement." We all then had fun with the quiet right-hander and his lack of rooms in his Arizona home. That situation could change very soon if Kennedy continues to pitch like he has been.

This season, Kennedy is racking up some great moments that will help get him that basement. Already in 2011, he has bested Philadelphia Phillies All-Star southpaw Cliff Lee and turned in some of the most impressive outings of the season. Last night, he even showed that he can also swing the bat by lacing a single up the middle to break up Tim Lincecum’s no-hit bid. Not to mention, he matched the Giants hurler pitch for pitch in an excellent pitchers' duel that was a treat to watch in the Cave. Kennedy allowed only four hits and struck out eight in eight shutout innings, lowering his ERA to a solid 3.23. If he keeps this type of stuff up, Mr. Kennedy may even get a new sunroom, too.

It is easy to root for a guy like Ian – sure he was a Yankee prospect and came up with the Bombers, but my reasoning for liking him is more than that. Ian Kennedy is a good guy, and you can tell from talking to him, he has a good way of looking at things. Keep your head down, do your job and set your goals. I hope you get that basement, Ian. Good luck.