In Puig's sweater.
In Puig's jeans.
In Puig's shoes.
"Hey, old man, you're leaving with that?" Puig shouted in Spanish.
A smiling Uribe walked out the room, prompting Puig to chase him down. Everyone from players to the equipment managers roared with laughter. But if there were light-hearted moments like this in the aftermath of the
"It was an amazing feeling, just where I came from," Gordon said.
Of the four Dodgers who were selected to represent the
"He's been through a lot," said pitcher
Gordon was the opening-day shortstop in 2012, but encountered a couple of major obstacles. The first was major league pitching, which he couldn't hit. Then, there was a dislocated thumb he suffered in the middle of the season.
By the time Gordon returned from the disabled list, the Dodgers had acquired
He spent most of last season at triple-A Albuquerque, where he started his conversion to second base. Over the winter, he played in both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, starting some games in center field with hopes of expanding his skill set to earn a place on the Dodgers' roster.
Gordon became the team's primary second baseman this year almost by default.
The Dodgers thought the position would be played by Alex Guerrero, a Cuban defector whom they signed to a $28-million deal over the winter. But Guerrero didn't look ready in
Gordon now leads the major leagues in both stolen bases (42) and triples (nine).
"It's awesome," said pitcher
Gordon was told of his selection by Manager
"I almost cried when Donnie told me," Gordon said. "It was an amazing feeling."
Gordon's first phone call was to his father. Gordon watched his father, Tom, pitch in three All-Star games. Now, it would be his father's turn to watch him.
Gordon then shared the news with his mentors, first base coach Davey Lopes and veteran utility man
"He almost had me crying," Figgins said.
Figgins and Gordon work on their bunting together, often before most of their teammates show up at the stadium. Figgins talks to Gordon in the dugout during games, making sure his mind doesn't wander after a disappointing at-bat.
"This is the start," Figgins said he told Gordon. "This is what happens when you work hard and believe."
Gordon promised he would continue to push forward.