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ONLY THE BEGINNING
ALBERT CHEN
May 28, 2012
A little old Magic, sprinkled with the newly tapped magic of Matt Kemp, have again made the Dodgers the toast of L.A. And Kemp's best? Still to come.
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May 28, 2012

Only The Beginning

A little old Magic, sprinkled with the newly tapped magic of Matt Kemp, have again made the Dodgers the toast of L.A. And Kemp's best? Still to come.

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Kemp's education continues, from his knowledge of pitchers ("I used to watch video," he says, "but for the first time now, I'm watching video") to the game's history ("I wish back in the day I'd learned more. I'm starting to appreciate how important all that stuff is, and trying to learn more about Jackie Robinson and African-Americans in baseball"). He wants to make baseball cool for young African-American kids. He wants to lead the Dodgers to multiple world championships, he wants to be enshrined in Cooperstown ("I'd be disappointed if I weren't," he says). He wants to be the best player to ever play the game. "I know I've got a long, long way to go," he says. "I was behind for a while, but now I've caught up."

From where he sits, in a house atop the city's famous hills, Kemp can see that this is only a bright new dawn.

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