Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made a memory for a fan that will last a lifetime at the MLB All-Star Game. In a presser at the Midsummer Classic, Kershaw spoke to reporters. The Dodgers star’s presser was about to finish when a young fan walked up to the podium. The fan’s name is Blake Grice and he’s an aspiring journalist whose late grandfather just so happened to want to meet Clayton Kershaw very badly. Grice and the Dodgers southpaw shared an emotional moment that was eight years in the making for Grice and his family.
At the end of Clayton Kershaw’s All-Star Game presser, 10-year-old Blake Grice told Kershaw about his grandfather who passed away in 2014 from cancer. Blake is living his grandfather’s bucket list moment, to meet Kershaw. pic.twitter.com/qmeXOebk1X
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) July 20, 2022
Blake Grice, 10, got a credential for the All-Star game to pursue his media career — and check off something from his late grandfather, Graham’s bucket list: meet Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw comforted him and posed for a photo with him when he asked a question at his presser. pic.twitter.com/7zqVUeNdVQ
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 20, 2022
Grice, who obtained a media credential to attend the MLB All-Star Game, explained how his grandfather wanted to meet Clayton Kershaw but died of cancer back in 2014.
Understanding how special the moment was, Kershaw said it was “great to meet” Grice before he came in for a hug with the 10-year-old. It had to be a very emotional moment for Grice, as he knew how much Kershaw meant to his grandfather.
Kershaw obviously still had a job to do as the National League starter in the MLB All-Star Game. It’s a job he did well, as the three-time Cy Young award winner went out in front of the Dodger Stadium faithful and pitched a scoreless frame, striking out one batter in the process.
However, it was his effort off the diamond before the Midsummer Classic, in making a dream come true for a young boy, that will be remembered as Clayton Kershaw’s best performance at the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.