Matt Kemp’s polish, not production, fueled ungainly Padres exit – The San Diego Union

They’re mellowing, those white-hot feelings about Matt Kemp during Petco Park.

Then, a Executive Chairman of a Padres called a open minute a slugger wrote “B.S.” Now, Ron Fowler says “it’s still B.S.,” though “water underneath a bridge.”

Then, manager Andy Green certified he was worried by comments about Atlanta being a initial ball city his former multi-million-dollar right fielder would play in. Now, Green wishes him “nothing though a best.”

Then, comfortable blood and cold shoulders. Now, quiescent acceptance.

Braves and Padres. “I gave San Diego all we had.

“… we changed on right when we got traded.”

The relocating on partial valid harder in his former home, where a square penned underneath Kemp’s name for The Players’ Tribune hinted during a miss of bid … notwithstanding a $21.5 million paycheck.

Kemp certified he “lost some of my adore for a game.” He concurred he had gained a repute for being “selfish, idle and a bad teammate.” He betrothed a lapse to a time when he played to win, not follow a contract. He vowed to strike until his hands bled.

Wil Myers said. “He’s going to put adult descent numbers each singular year. He’s going to strike 30 (homers) and expostulate in 100, since those are a things he takes honour in.”

What about defense?

“Dude can hit,” Myers said, “and that’s all that matters.”

In Kemp’s initial at-bat Tuesday, he stepped in a box to some boos before education into a defensive change for an inning-ending double play. In his second, a cold acquire strong before another infield belligerent out. In his third, a submissive cocktail out in tainted territory. His fourth, a strikeout.

The doubt during a heart of it all: How most of San Diego’s feelings about Kemp branch from an in-the-moment PR fumble and how most is secure in worried reality?

This isn’t a initial divorce, after all, to leave nauseous tire tracks.

“I trust my instincts during what we pronounced during that indicate and time,” Green pronounced of Kemp’s “baseball town” comments. “I overtly have burning it and changed on from there.”

Kemp arrived in San Diego to fanfare. He stoked hope, generally in moments like Aug. 14, 2015, when he became a initial actor in Padres story to strike for a cycle during a diversion in Denver.

He competence not have been comfortable and approachable. Then again, was that his job?

To Kemp’s credit, he faced a questions Tuesday — even when he viewed topics to be unnecessarily needling.

After one: “You only wish to speak about drama, huh?”

After another: “Any other drama?”

Kemp’s bat does a articulate during his career — as it did in San Diego.

He should have left it during that.


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