Los Angeles Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, not just to talk about the Dodgers current first place ranking, but to talk astronomy.
You see, Kershaw’s great-uncle Clyde Tombaugh was the scientist who discovered the planet Pluto, which was recently downsized to a “dwarf planet” in recent years, and his family is none too happy about that.
According to LarryBrownSports.com, Kershaw explained to Kimmel that “My great uncle discovered Pluto. I know that sounds like a joke when it comes out, but it’s true. And they took it away from us. They say it’s a dwarf planet now.”
The 25-year-old goes on, “What scientists just get in a room one day and say, ‘Ah, you know what, we’re out with Pluto?’ I mean how do you do that?”
Many fans sympathize with Kershaw about Pluto’s upsetting downgrade from our solar system, and have even sent the Dodgers star shirts saying “Pluto is still a planet in our hearts.” How sweet.
Skip to the 2:00 minute mark to hear his thoughts on Pluto.