22 Reasons Clayton Kershaw Would Be An Awesome Best Friend

The 25-year-old Dodgers ace MIGHT be the best pitcher in baseball, but he’s DEFINITELY a pretty cool dude.

1. I mean, he’s pretty good at his job.

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Cy Young on the left, Gold Glove on the right.

2. Actually he might be the best at it.

3. But he’s even better at dancing.

4. His great-uncle Clyde Tombaugh was a famous astronomer…

5. Who found Pluto.

 

6. So he’s still pretty sore about it not being a planet anymore.

(Fast forward to 2-minute, 10-second mark.)

7. He also grew up with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

 

8. They played basically every sport together…

 

9. Even in high school when Stafford was Kershaw’s catcher…

Stafford quit after sophomore year to focus on football.

10. And Kershaw was the center for the football team!

Kershaw quit after freshman year to focus on baseball.

11. Kershaw pitched a perfect game his senior year, striking out every batter AND hitting a solo home run.

He’s a real-life Steve Nebraska! (Though the game was only five innings because of the mercy rule.)

12. Speaking of high school, that’s where Kershaw met his wife, Ellen.

13. They recently built an orphanage together in Zambia.

14. During a break from enjoying The Bachelor night with the girls.

15. Kershaw is simply a goofball.

16. With a great sense of humor…

17. Who has no shame about attending Carly Rae Jepson and Justin Bieber concerts…

18. Who responds like this to people who say he sucks…

20. Appreciates the rarity of finding a lefty pair of scissors…

21. And loves ping-pong.

It’s his second favorite sport behind baseball. Kershaw in the reigning ping-pong champ at Dodgers training camp.

22. Even cheetahs are friends with him!

So Clay, um, what would you think about having a catch sometime?

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Maybe? Awesome!

CORRECTION: Ed Melson did not win a Cy Young award. An earlier version of this article stated that Ellen Kershaw’s grandfather won the Cy Young. Melson graduated from Texas A&M and owned a Volkswagen Dealership in Abilene, Texas. However I stand by the fact it would have been really cool if he won a Cy Young.

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