GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw had a special guest viewing his bullpen session on Friday:
Legendary Cy Young Award winner Sandy Koufax.
Making his first visit of the spring, the lefty watched Kershaw's bullpen session through the windows of the Dodgers' weight room then spent time speaking with Kershaw, who has been compared to Koufax by no less an authority than former Dodgers manager Joe Torre.
"He's awesome," said Kershaw. "We've talked just about every year. I appreciate the time he's spent with me. It's great when he comes around."
The private Koufax then spoke with reporters about Kershaw and the 23-year-old's ceiling.
"How do you make up a ceiling for him?" Koufax said. "It's time -- how long he wants to play, how long he's able to play. As far as talent? No."
Koufax said he followed Kershaw's Cy Young Award-winning season.
"It was a lot of fun," Koufax said. "He's such a good kid. You can't help but root for him."
Koufax has worked or spoken with Kershaw each of the four springs Kershaw has been in camp. Two years ago, they spoke while flying together from Arizona to Los Angeles with Torre for a charity discussion that benefited Torre's Safe At Home Foundation.
"He doesn't seek me out," Koufax said of Kershaw, "but if we're in the same place at the same time, he might ask me something. I have not had a great deal to do with his success -- he has."