Comment
0
Tweet
0
Print
RSS Feeds

Gordon boys: Flash on hand to see 2nd son drafted

Friday - 6/6/2014, 2:44am  ET

Commissioner Bud Selig, left, poses with shortstop Nick Gordon from Olympia high school in Windemere, Florida at the 2014 MLB baseball draft Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J. Gordon was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the fifth selection. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- Tom Gordon was dressed appropriately.

Given the nickname "Flash" during his 21-year career as a major league pitcher, Gordon wore a natty vest and pinstriped suit for a special occasion Thursday night at MLB Network Studios.

His son, Nick, was drafted fifth overall by the Minnesota Twins -- carrying on a family tradition. Nick Gordon's older brother, Dee, is having a solid season as the starting second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Being around the game and experiencing all that stuff, it's crazy when you experience it for yourself. I mean, you can be there and be around the game as much as you want, but when it's actually happening to you, it's a totally different feeling," Nick Gordon said. "I mean, it's helped me to prepare for the things that I'm about to get ready to go through. But this feeling, you have to feel it for yourself to know this feeling."

Nick Gordon, an athletic high school shortstop from Florida, said Derek Jeter is his idol. Jeter and Tom Gordon, a three-time All-Star, were teammates with the Yankees from 2004-05.

"My favorite memories were New York when I used to go in and talk to Derek Jeter and he used to tell me things and give me wristbands and batting gloves and shoes and all that," Nick Gordon said. "That was so great to me. I remember every bit of it, every little moment that we had in New York, just being able to go on the field and play catch with my dad, and he used to take us out in center field and let us hit balls in the seats. I mean, it felt like the greatest thing ever."

Wearing a Twins jersey and cap, Nick Gordon was asked what he thought about playing in Minnesota.

"I know it's very cold," he said. "I'm ready to adjust to the climate and get out there."

But when he took a phone call from the Twins, Nick Gordon couldn't quite make out who was on the line in all the commotion.

"I think it was the GM," he said. "I know it's somebody very important."

Father and son posed for pictures together after a big embrace.

"It's just so hard taking this all in right now," Nick Gordon said. "It's the greatest feeling."

Tom Gordon said waiting to find out where his son would be selected was much more nerve-wracking than trying to close out a playoff game in the late innings.

"I know what you all are saying: Is Flash really that short?" he said. "To get Nicholas into this position, along with what his brother's doing, it's a wonderful feat for us."

___

ALOHA: Kodi Medeiros came a long way to make a little history.

The left-hander went 12th overall to the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first high school player from Hawaii to be selected in the first round of the June draft. And he was at MLB Network Studios, nearly 5,000 miles from home, to hear his name called in person by Commissioner Bud Selig.

"It's just been an amazing experience," Medeiros said. "When they sent the invitation, I just told my parents, you know, we're going to attend this. And they were willing to attend it, too, because they were like, why are we going to miss this? You know, getting invited means a lot. ... I didn't want to miss being here."

So, how has his first trip to the New York area compared to Hawaii?

"It's a lot different. Really different," Medeiros said. "The people are really busy."

Medeiros said he received a good-luck text message Wednesday night from Hawaii's most famous major leaguer, All-Star outfielder Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox.

"I guess the people from Hawaii, since it's a small place, we're just looking out for each other and trying to represent our island and represent the state and, you know, just trying to see kids from the island make it big," Medeiros said.

The other three players from Hawaii chosen in the opening round of the June draft all attended the University of Hawaii, including St. Louis Cardinals rookie second baseman Kolten Wong. He was the 22nd pick in 2011.

Medeiros said Wong lives about 3 miles from his house. Wong's brother, Kean, was drafted in the fourth round by Tampa Bay last year after being teammates with Medeiros back home.

"A lot more kids are putting in the work. Kids are finding out that they need to attend showcases and get out there since we live in the state of Hawaii. Because in fact, for me, since last year, I didn't even think I'd be here," Medeiros added. "Ever since I went out onto the national stage and performed, it just changed my life."

   1 2 3  -  Next page  >>