“I committed to being there for 10 minutes. He played in youth sports leagues as a child, including Little League Baseball. “That’s the most frustrating thing,” Kershaw said. It’s rare for a baseball player to get to be around his kids every single day.”. But as a novice to videoconferencing, I log in early in case of unexpected hiccups. “We all want to play baseball. In 2017, she threw out a first pitch to her papa in Dodger Stadium while her brother by her side. I didn’t realize how much I would miss it, I think. He was raised by his mother. His parents divorced when he was 10, and he was raised by his mother. “I think us as starting pitchers, we’re probably the most vulnerable in terms of being not prepared. Whether there will be an MLB season and what form it would take are unclear. “It’s hard to know how much to throw,” Kershaw said. Clayton Kershaw, American professional baseball player who was among the sport’s best pitchers, winning three Cy Young Awards (2011, 2013, and 2014). “Legacy is not that important to me, honestly,” Kershaw said. That is no longer a thought for Kershaw as he adjusts to life without baseball. “I’ve been hurt before obviously, but at least you’re still around the guys and in the clubhouse and you know you’re going to play at some point. I miss not going to the field every day. “It’s just not something I’ve ever been focused on or really care about, what people are going to say about me 10, 15 or 20 years from now. I get that; I want to play baseball too,” Kershaw said. "The Dodgers have been built to win a World Series every year that I’ve been here, but to not get that chance this year with the talent that we have would be frustrating. When Clayton was 10 years old, his parents divorced. As I open the window for our meeting, Clayton and Ellen are already there, smiling and waving at me from the kitchen of their Texas home like a happy couple awaiting an arrival at the airport. She looks just like her father and even has a cannon like him too. I’m supposed to get on a Zoom call with Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, at noon, partly to allow Kershaw to explain his objection to playing under quarantine if it meant being separated from his family. The Dodgers have won the NL West seven consecutive seasons and advanced to the World Series in 2017 and 2018, but there was a different feeling as Kershaw prepared for his franchise record ninth opening day start March 26. That’s been the hardest part for me. The powerful left-hander captured the pitching ‘triple crown’ in 2011, leading the National League in wins (21), ERA (2.28), and strikeouts (248). “[Clayton] does his workout and throwing first thing in the morning and right around lunch time is when he truly becomes a full-time dad," Ellen said. As much as Kershaw would like a season, he is against a plan that would take him away from his family for several months. It’s been good for me in terms of having a perspective of how much I do love it and miss it when I don't have it.”. They had studied together earlier at the ‘Highland Park High School’ and had dated for 7 years before tying the knot. According to the Kershaw’s Challenge website, Ellen who has done well to maintain a low key profile, her philanthropy journey began in 2011 when she met a little girl named Hope. So I’m hopeful we can get something started because we had a lot of optimism.”. Their first, daughter Cali Ann, was born in January 2015. If they want to banter, we can do that. In an effort to raise money in the absence of fundraising events, the Kershaws have committed to matching every dollar donated through April 28, and Clayton has committed to Zoom calls with 15 fans — five of whom will be selected out of a hat; 10 others will get 10 minutes with him through $5,000 donations. “We’re going to move rooms. The Kershaws have become Zoom pros while most of the country is under stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. I miss it a lot.”. Playing in spring training stadiums and quarantining for months without your family and certain things like that, I don’t think that’s doable if you’re talking about doing it for four to five months. We still love it. You can’t just go from one inning to six innings. Kershaw grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended school with Football quarterback Matthew Stafford and fellow pitchers Jordan Walden and Shawn Tolleson. I miss Dodger Stadium. A starting pitcher needs to be built up. Biography and Family of Clayton Kershaw: Christopher George Kershaw, a musician, was the father of Clayton Kershaw. Dodgers legend and current starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw welcomed a new addition to the Kershaw family, Mr. Cooper Ellis Kershaw. I've had my share of interesting conversations with fans, especially in San Fran.”. But the things I do off the field, I know it’s going to impact people. Not only was he healthier than he had been in years, but the Dodgers also had gone all-in to win. Kershaw was born in Dallas, Texas.