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Five Things to Know About Rihanna's New Beau

Five Things to Know About Rihanna's New Beau
Rihanna, Matt Kemp and "Lil' Matt"
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01/06/2010 08:00PM

Rihanna and baseball pro Matt Kemp have gone public with their relationship, cozying up in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they've been spotted swimming with the dolphins, gazing at the ocean and smooching passionately. "They've only had a few opportunities to be together," Kemp's agent tells PEOPLE, "but those times have been fun."

Just who is this hunky ball player who has captured the 21-year-old's singer's heart after her violent relationship ended with Chris Brown? Here are five things to know about the 25-year-old Kemp:

1. His Bat's Silver, His Glove's Gold, His Wallet's Fat
The Los Angeles Dodgers paid Kemp $5 million last year in what was the starting outfielder’s breakthrough season. He had 26 home runs and 101 RBIs in 2009, winning the Silver Slugger award for his stellar hitting and the Golden Glove for his fielding prowess.

2. He's Nicknamed "The Bison"
During his second major league game in 2006 against the Atlanta Braves, Kemp stole second base, prompting TV announcer Don Sutton to say Kemp looked like “a big buffalo running around the bases” – and a nickname was born.



3. He's a Country Boy at Heart
Behind Kemp's impressive 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame lies a guy with down-home sensibilities. He hails not from L.A. but from Midwest City, Okla., population 54,000, which means the entire town could fit in Dodger Stadium (capacity 56,000) with room to spare.

4. Pearly Whites Impress Him
What has Kemp been searching for in a love interest? "Independent, pretty, good teeth," he told Young Hollywood. "I like good teeth." Seems like he’s found all three qualities in Rihanna: a knockout star with a successful music career – and a famous smile!


5. He Has a "Mini-Me"
Number 27 has his own Bobblehead doll that stars in the online video The Adventures of Lil' Matt with a cameo by Snoop Dogg, who holds the Kemp doll in the palm of his hand and promises to write the Dodgers a new theme song if they win the championship.
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