Clayton Kershaw was really excited to see fireworks

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My kids are getting older. One is a teenager already and the other one acts like one. As such, our celebratory habits and routines have inevitably changed.

I’ve always enjoyed the Fourth of July with them, in large part because our town’s fireworks can be seen from our yard. For the past 12 years we’ve made hot dogs and hamburgers and have had little neighborhood parties. My kids and dozens of other neighborhood kids eat popsicles, catch fireflies and run around with sparklers and squirt guns in the twilight. It all ends with us sitting on the front porch watching the show, which goes off just when the kids get to the point where they can’t keep their eyes open anymore. It’s Americana cranked up to 11.

But it’s different now. We had our usual cookout yesterday and the kids enjoyed it just fine, but at around 6pm they hit me up for some money and took off for the next several hours to the high school football stadium. That’s where they set off the fireworks and have a more commercial Fourth of July festival. They hang out with their friends, buy overpriced concessions and get into some low-level mischief. I’m not gonna say that I hate the fact that I can now just hang out on my porch with an adult beverage and not have to chase children around, but I do miss it some. I miss the excitement.

The sort of excitement Clayton Kershaw showed yesterday after shutting down the Diamondbacks:

After the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks, the starting lefthander was taking questions from the media when he suddently had to jet.

“Oh, I gotta go — fireworks! I love you guys,” Kershaw said before running out of the room.

Can I adopt him? I have a lot of sparklers I didn’t get to use this year.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.