It's likely that most baseball fans, if they also played the game when they were kids, deeply appreciate this video by Dodgerfilms. It's of left-hander Clayton Kershaw impersonating the delivery of right-hander Kenley Jansen, and of Jansen mimicking Kershaw. Two of the biggest names on the Los Angeles Dodgers goofing each other, but also doing what countless kids have done: Pretending they were a(nother) famous major league pitcher. It really takes you back to age 11 or 12.
Dodgerfilms has made 1,050 videos for YouTube and — as they did with Hyun-Jin Ryu playing catch with a kid in 2013 — continues to excel in capturing the Dodgers from the fan's perspective. What are the best parts of the Kershaw-Jansen?
The right-handed follow-through of Kershaw — who obviously is a lefty — performing Jansen's delivery. In case you ever wondered what it looked like for Kershaw to throw with the wrong hand, it's what it looks like for most people throwing with the wrong hand. His Jansen "glove shake" is pretty good, too.
As for Jansen, his Kershaw come-set — with his hands locked and way over his head — is dead-on, and his accurate-but-feeble pickoff attempt is funny stuff. It's like they're doing Batting Stance Guy, but for pitchers. Batting practice can be a tedious time for pitchers. What better way to pass the time than having an impromptu talent show?
The Dodgers have been struggling for most of the first half, and manager Don Mattingly is sick of their underachieving. But it's obvious they still know how to have a good time. Now, if they only could get Matt Kemp to do his impersonation of Matt Kemp, and for Brian Wilson to do his best Brian Wilson, they'd also be on the way to more winning.
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