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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

L.A. Times: The Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Tebow and Jesus Christ

Kershaw is a devout Christian, though unlike Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, he is hardly in your face about it. Kershaw and Tebow are two highly famous young professional athletes who outwardly approach their strong faith in markedly different ways.

If there is a showy, look-at-me aspect to Tebow and his kneeling in prayer on the football field and near zeal off it, Kershaw is more understated in his approach, if no less sincere.

I’ve never heard him bring up God in postgame interviews or seen him point to the sky after a big strikeout. Yet, I still have a clear understanding of his commitment.

“I think everybody has different approaches to it,” Kershaw said. “For me, everything I do has a purpose to it beyond what’s in this lifetime. At the same time, on the field I have a job to do and that’s what I’m focused on.

“I guess you could say I’m a little more understated than Tim is. Not to say either one is wrong, that’s just kind of my personality a little bit.”

Indeed, even if it’s not exactly his way, Kershaw admires Tebow for using his high-profile platform to bring attention to his faith.

“I have a lot of respect for Tim,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know him personally, but I think what he’s doing is special. I think what he’s trying to do should be recognized, in whatever way that you try to do it. He’s playing football but I think there’s more to it than that.

Tripon Posted: January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4039472)
Talk to me when Kershaw leads his team to the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs!
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4039475)
Kershaw's team did make to to the NLCS ...
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4039483)
NOT THE SAME THING
   4. Khrushin it bro Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4039495)
Ya but Kershaw's got a quicker release.
   5. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4039507)
L.A. Times: The Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Tebow and Jesus Christ

I am waiting for Karnak to give the question.
   6. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4039607)
Last Sunday I saw Kershaw give his testimony and sign some books at a church I frequent (Calvary Chapel South Bay). Good story, cute wife.
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4039624)
L.A. Times: The Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Tebow and Jesus Christ



I am waiting for Karnak to give the question.

What is a lefty rag*, a ragtag bunch, a raggedy lefty arm, a rag-armed lefty and a lefty in rags?

* I have no idea, but I'm sure someone's called it that at some point.

   8. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: January 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4039662)
What is a lefty rag*, a ragtag bunch, a raggedy lefty arm, a rag-armed lefty and a lefty in rags?


NICE!
   9. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4039670)
Darn, I was hoping maybe this was a crazed rant by Placshke or Simers.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4039691)
SOSHnac the Magnificent: What is a lefty rag*, a ragtag bunch, a raggedy lefty arm, a rag-armed lefty and a lefty in rags?

[Dodger audience responds with boos.]

SOSHnac: May your only sister's hind quarters be used to feed the multitudes.

Ed: HWARR HAR HAR HAR

Frank McCourt: As today's date is June 20th, I hold in my hand the last pay envelope.

[Dodger audience is silent, having left in the middle of the bit.]
   11. Leroy Kincaid Posted: January 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM (#4039705)
Kershaw and Tebow are two highly famous young professional athletes

I doubt this is true of Kershaw.
   12. zonk Posted: January 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM (#4039706)
7's a winner... too bad you won the internet on a day when a lot of it has gone dark.
   13. Jose Molina wants a nickname like "A-Rod" Posted: January 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4039910)
Since I've always associated Kershaw with Koufax, I just assumed he was Jewish. Not that he couldn't be Jewish and Christian, but you know what I mean.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: January 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM (#4039922)

There's a nice 2011 Topps card teaming Koufax and Kershaw (I have one):

http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Users/FoxVintageCards/Cards/Baseball/2011/Topps_Diamond_Duos_Series_2/DD30/Sandy_Koufax_Clayton_Kershaw/5406718

Is Tebow really a huge showoff with that post-TD action?



   15. cardsfanboy Posted: January 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM (#4039952)
Is Tebow really a huge showoff with that post-TD action?


Yes, even if he isn't trying to be. It's no different than Sammy Sosa's hop or a touchdown dance. It's a planned celebration type of thing that is showy. Anyone who defends Tebow, doesn't have the right to rag on other people for being showy.

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