Matt Kemp to donate $1,000 for every home run to Oklahoma tornado victims


Matt Kemp’s home run was an emotional one Monday night. (Morry Gash / AP)

In a perfect world, Matt Kemp would go off on a home-run hitting tear starting today.

Kemp, a native of Midwest City, Okla., promised Monday night to make a donation for every home run he hits until the July 16 All-Star game to victims of the tornado devastation in Oklahoma. He hit No. 1 Monday in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 victory over Milwaukee.

 

When Kemp was a teenager in 1999, the Moore, Okla., area was struck by an EF-5 twister that killed 36 people.

“And this one hit a school,” Kemp said (via MLB.com). “I know where the schools are. My mom lived in a house in Moore and we gave it to my aunt and uncle. They weren’t home today, but they said two blocks away there’s nothing left. I’ve never been through an earthquake, but I’ve seen what a tornado can do and you just can’t even believe it.”

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