The title of this post was inspired by the book “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” by Stephen King. If you haven’t read it, you should* – but I digress! I frequently compare my writing style to Stephen King, other than the fact that I can’t write and have no style, we are the same!
Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times wrote about something other than who the next Dodger owner might, could, would, would-not, may or should be today, when he wrote about Dee Gordon. What a novel idea – let’s actually talk about Dodger players, and what better place to start than with Dee Gordon.
Before I add my two cents, Dylan reported that Dee Gordon has been working out with Hall-of-Fame Shortstop (as of today), Barry Larkin. It seems to me that Dee Gordon wants to actually be the best.
Here’s a few quotes from Dee:
- Speaking of Barry Larkin: “One day,” Gordon said, “I want to feel like he’s feeling.”
- “He’s told me to respect the game, to treat the game with respect, to respect every ground ball,” Gordon said of Larkin.
- “I have to go out and prove myself,” he said.
- “I want to be the best,” he said.
It sounds to me that young Mr. Gordon is growing up and actually knows what he wants to be when he grows up. I have a few observations about Dee Gordon:
- I can unequivocally say that he is the fastest human I have EVER seen run the bases. Period! End of story!
- Speed Kills! Did I mention that Speed Kills?
- He needs to keep focused at all times – if he can keep his errors to below 25 this year, he will be an amazing asset. The Dodgers might actually be able to play with three infielders. He covers more ground that the British Empire did in the 17th Century.
- Dee can change EVERYTHING about a game. If he can get on – EVERYTHING changes. The rest of the lineup will be better.
- What can we expect? I expect that by the end of the 2012 season, we will be mentioning Dee Gordon in the same breath as Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw. That bodes well for us fans!
* Book Preview: On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes lost in a wilderness maze full of peril and terror. As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio’s reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her — protecting her from an all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of slaughtered animals and mangled trees in the dense, dark woods. Read the book and find out the ending.