A year ago, the jury was still out on Dee Gordon.
He had the potential to be a standout major league player, but his inconsistency at the plate and in the field overshadowed his dazzling speed on the basepaths.
It’s only taken half a season of deliberation for the jury to reach the unanimous verdict that the Dodgers second baseman is the real deal—the jury being those who deemed Gordon worthy of going to his first All-Star Game this season.
"It was an amazing feeling, just where I came from," Gordon told reporters, per the Los Angeles Times. “I almost cried when Donnie told me.”
In a sport where so many fizzle out at the top, Gordon has defied the odds and flipped his downward trend on its head. The result is a performance that has yielded reward and hype for the future for the once highly touted LA prospect.
“It didn't come easy for him. He had to change positions. I think everybody, during spring training, expected him to fall on his face,” pitcher Josh Beckett said. “This is the reward."
While Gordon has finally arrived, it hasn’t been a seamless journey. It’s featured uncertainty, five trips down to the minors, a position change and hours in the gym in the offseason.
In plain terms, hard work and perseverance.
Here’s a look back at the speedy second baseman’s voyage from mediocrity to being an All-Star selection.