Oct.1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) walks back to the dugout after striking out in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Kemp Calls Out Brandon Belt


“You can’t buy chemistry,” said Giants first baseman Brandon Belt at Fan Fest last week.

Belt was asked about the Dodgers’ big acquisitions last season and this off-season, bringing in several highly-payed stars in Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Zach Greinke. Their new ownership group has been opening up their checkbooks and seem determined to do whatever it takes to put the Dodgers in contention for a World Series.

However, one Dodger is upset at Belt’s comments. Outfielder Matt Kemp, perhaps the biggest star on the team, spoke out against Belt.

“If I was a World Series champ, I wouldn’t be saying anything about anybody’s team, you know what I’m saying?” Kemp told the LA Times. “I don’t have to say anything, I’m a World Series champ.”

He was then asked whether or not he was worried about the Dodgers chemistry.

But we’re not worried about what people say. I can already tell with the people that we have here that the chemistry’s going to be good. We built chemistry at the end of the year last year. Everything started working the way we wanted everything to work. We really don’t care about what people say or how they feel. We have a great team. We have all the pieces that we need to be successful.

We have pitching, we have a bullpen, we have hitting. We have it all. There’s going to be no excuses if we do lose. If everybody does their job, then we’re going to be successful. I don’t care what anybody says about us. We’re going to be good. We just have to go out there and do our thing. So let them go out there and say what they want.

The Giants, of course, are the reigning 2012 World Series Champions, winning the NL West by eight games over the Dodgers in convincing fashion. We’ll find out if the same thing happens again in 2013.

 

 

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