Coming into Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Red Sox, L.A.'s Matt Kemp ranked in the top 10 among active players when it comes to most career games played without appearing in a World Series -- 1,687 in Kemp's case. 

Even though his first Fall Classic at-bat was perhaps belated, he certainly made the most of it, at the expense of Chris Sale ... 

That left the bat at 101 mph with a 35-degree launch angle plus 389 feet of distance to put it over the Green Monster. That's also the fourth home run of Kemp's postseason career. More to the point, it halved the Boston lead early in Game 1. 

After the 8-4 Game 1 loss, Kemp said, "It was a dream come true. It's my first World Series game. Great experience, great stadium, haven't been here in a while, so great home run, but unfortunate that we lost."