Matt Kemp is profiled on HBO's 'Real Sports'on Tuesday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder has come a long ways since being raised by a single mom in Midwest City
by Mel Bracht Published: July 16, 2012
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photo - Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp smiles before the start of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) ORG XMIT: LAD106
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp smiles before the start of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) ORG XMIT: LAD106

Los Angeles Dodgers star outfielder Matt Kemp, a Midwest City native, is profiled on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“Real Sports” correspondent Jon Frankel tours Kemp's new Hollywood Hills home, where a personal chef prepares breakfast each day. It's a far cry from the days when Kemp and his brother were raised by a single mom in Midwest City.

Frankel: “When you were raising him and his younger brother, is this the kind of breakfast you put on the table every day?”

Judy Henderson, Matt's mom: “No. He was a Pop Tart kid. He used to eat the strawberry.”

Kemp: “She used to make macaroni and cheese and cut-up hot dogs. I hope everybody has eaten that.”

Frankel also talks with Kemp about how the Dodgers have put their faith in him as a leader with his eight-year, $160 million contract, and the pressures that come with that vote of confidence.

Short takes

— ESPN's telecasts of the first and second rounds of the British Open on Thursday and Friday will now start at 3:30 a.m. CDT, 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled so viewers can see the complete rounds of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Woods tees off at 3:42 a.m. Thursday, while Mickelson starts his round at 3:31 a.m. Friday.

— Beginning Tuesday, ESPNU will air more than 35 hours from six college football conference media days: SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big East. Coverage begins noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday with the SEC Media Day from Birmingham, Ala., including conference newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M.

CBS will kick off its SEC football coverage with Alabama at Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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