Dee Gordon was one of four Los Angeles Dodgers to make the All-Star Game this season and it was his and Yasiel Puig’s first trip to the Game.
Gordon called his All-Star nod the highest honor and he wasted no time in putting his talents on display.
The speedy second baseman pinch-ran for Chase Utley in the fourth inning and scored the tying run on Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI double. Later in the game, Gordon made a sliding stop to rob Michael Brantley of a base hit.
Gordon once again took over Mark Saxon’s ESPN All-Star Journal and gave his thoughts on first entereing the game:
When I ran out to pinch run for Chase Utley, I was ready to go. I was like, ‘The world gets to see me play. I’m ready.’ I was ready to go do my thing. It was nice, because I got to score a run for our team on Jonathan Lucroy’s double to right field.”
The Major League leader in stolen bases went on to add that he would not be anywhere else and he is hopeful he’ll be able to participate in more All-Star games down the line.
In the sixth inning, Gordon was robbed of base hit by Jose Altuve, but rather than sulk, he put a positive spin on the play:
On the ball I hit to Jose Altuve, I hit it well, he made a great play and I was out. These are the best players in the game, so it’s part of it. Being around all these guys for a couple days just helps with my confidence. It helps me know I have the skills and I can play.
Not only did Gordon enjoy the experience and have fun, but he also stated he tried to gain as much information as he could from his fellow All-Stars.
With his first All-Star Game behind him, Gordon will go back to starting for the Dodgers as they open the second half of their season with a nine-game road trip.
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