"I had just graduated from high school," Gordon said. "I thought I was a cool kid. I stayed in the stands."
Gordon is now permitted on the field.
Voted the National League's starting second baseman, Gordon will be in Cincinnati to get introduced and represent the Marlins at Tuesday's 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile (7 p.m. ET, FOX), but he won't see game action after dislocating his left thumb on Saturday while sliding headfirst into first base.
Gordon was supposed to be alongside starting right fielder Giancarlo Stanton for a franchise first -- two All-Star Game starters voted in by fans -- but Stanton won't travel to Cincinnati after breaking the hamate bone in his left hand on June 26.
"He is our rock and he is the best player on our team," Gordon said of Stanton. "You just try to complement him. It's tough without him right now, but you just have to continue to pull together. I'm very excited for him -- that is a huge honor as well."
Miami is confident that Gordon, the Major League leader in hits (122) and owner of a .338 batting average (fifth overall), will avoid a disabled-list stint and potentially return after the Phillies series -- the team's first out of the All-Star break.
Now a two-time All-Star, Gordon is creeping toward his father's benchmark of three selections, so he knows a bit more of what to expect during the week's festivities, even though he won't participate.
"I'm definitely blessed. I thank God for the opportunity," Gordon said. "But I thank my teammates and my coaches for going out there and battling every day. This is more for them."
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