It started with a meaningless pitch in spring training and just might end with a plaque in Cooperstown
By Jonah Keri
Clayton Kershaw was 19 years old the first time he took over the baseball world. It was a spring training game against the defending world champion Red Sox, March 9, 2008, and Kershaw was wearing no. 96, the telltale sign of a prospect with no shot at going west with the big club. He'd throw a few innings, impress a few folks if he was lucky, then get sent back to the minors, where he could continue to toil away from the eyes of the masses. Then came the pitch
Kershaw got ahead of Sean Casey 1-2. Down went the sign for the curve. Kershaw reared back, fired and we'll let Vin Scully take it from there:
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