Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has agreed to offer occasional journal entries about his experiences at his first All-Star Game.
I’ve always wanted to be an All-Star. That’s the highest honor you can have as a professional athlete and just to share that and be part of that is incredible. Now, I have another piece of the legacy to add. My dad, Tom “Flash” Gordon, was an All-Star pitcher and I went with him three times, in Colorado, Houston and Pittsburgh.
I was 10 in Colorado. It was a long time ago. I was sick. I didn’t get to see anything. I went back to the hotel room and didn’t even watch it, I was so sick. In 2004, in Houston, I was 16 and I remember being at the Home Run Derby, just hanging out, trying to steal home runs in the outfield. In 2006, I was 18 and I was too cool to go on the field, so I just sat in the stands.
My dad is coming up from Florida and I hope I get to spend a lot of time with him. I’ve heard it’s pretty jam-packed with activities, so we’ll see. Both my grandmas, my sister, some aunts and uncles and cousins are coming, too. They’re excited.
I’m the most excited about just getting my name called. I don’t know if I’m going to play or not.
It’s going to be cool just to be around those guys and listen. It’s weird because my dad played with Derek Jeter and know I’m playing with him in my first one and it’s going to be his last one. It’s cool.
I knew him when I was younger. I haven’t seen him since. I’m going to go say, ‘Hi.’ I think I was 12 or 13 or something crazy last time I saw him. Even then, I learned something about professionalism. He never got in trouble. His name was never in the paper for the wrong thing. It’s crazy you could play that long and nothing is ever said about him, nothing but good.
I modeled myself after him. My little brother Nick, [the Minnesota Twins’ first-round draft pick] does as well. But I’m a second baseman now. Those dreams died, but I try to model my professionalism after him and stay out of the way, stay out of the papers and things and make sure people respect you.