LOS ANGELES -- Dee Gordon, whose speed has made him a key disrupter for opposing pitchers, has a chance to go to the All-Star Game this year for the first time ... as an All-Star.
Gordon has been to three All-Star Games already as the son of an All-Star, pitcher Tom Gordon.
"I remember in '98 in Colorado, I was sick, had to watch the game at the hotel. I was 10," said Dee. "In Houston in '04, during the Home Run Derby, I was in the outfield trying to steal home runs at the fence and they kicked me off the field. In Pittsburgh in '06, I had just graduated from high school, about to go to college. I didn't shag during the Home Run Derby then. Thought I was too cool for that."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX.
Although Chase Utley is a runaway leader in fan voting to be the NL starting second baseman, Gordon is a close third behind Neil Walker. After being his dad's guest, Dee said he would love to return the favor.
"It would be crazy to be in the game and have my dad there," he said. "I know when he's at a game, I'm always looking for him in the crowd. Even if I don't play, just to be there for the first time, just in case they need me to win, it would be great to be on the team."
Gordon leads the Major Leagues with 40 stolen bases and nine triples.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less