The range and speed shown by Los Angeles Dodgers’ second baseman Dee Gordon is just the first half of this great play. With Michael Brantley sending a shot into the hole with hopes of extending the inning, Gordon started this great play and lengthy Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman finished it.
Gordon sprinted to his left and made a sliding stop on a grounder that few second baseman would have ever been able to reach. He then popped to his feet and fired a throw to first base.
The throw got away from Gordon a bit, sailing up away from Freeman. Thankfully the 24-year-old first baseman is 6’5″, as he needed every inch of that tall frame to stretch and snare the throw.
This turns into a web gem-worthy play in the MLB All-Star Game, but it is equal parts Gordon and Freeman. Had Freeman gone into a full split, he might have stolen the spotlight from Gordon.
As far as stretches go, that is about as good as it gets from Freeman. His height is part of the equation, but this play also required that he have his feet in the right spots and reach out to stretch at exactly the right time. A fine play by Freeman, one that was surely appreciated by Gordon and by pitcher Francisco Rodriguez.
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