#MLBPlayers411 | Dee Gordon
Marlins infielder Dee Gordon never lets a day pass without remembering his mother.
Gordon has her with him on the field in the form of her initials – “DDS” – inscribed on his cleats and glove for each game.
Gordon looks at a photo on his phone of both of them before each game.
This weekend, Gordon will pay homage to his late mother by donning the nickname “Varis Strange” on the back of his jersey for Players Weekend, which will take place this Friday through Sunday.
“I think she would be proud of me,” Gordon told the Miami Herald in 2015. “The man I've become.”
“It's good. It's tight. You see I play with a lot of personality, so it's cool to see Major League Baseball going into guys' individual personalities a little more,” Dee Gordon told the Sun Sentinel recently. “Basketball and football, you can kind of build your own brand, but baseball is pretty tough.”
The nickname is part his name, part her name. Varis is a shortened version of Devaris, Dee's first name, while his mother's last name, Strange (Devona Denise Strange), serves as the second part.
According to Gordon, the nickname originated at home where family members refer to him by the moniker.
“It was my mom's last name so I'm paying a little bit of homage to her,” Gordon told Uninterrupted.
Gordon lost his mother, when he was six years old, but he continually honors her on and off the field.
Off the field, Gordon started “Flash of Hope,” which provides support to children of Miami-Dade County who have lost a parent to domestic abuse.
“I always wanted to do something for kids,” Gordon told the Miami Herald. “I just want to show them that the world isn't over for them, that they're going to be all right.”
As for his play on the field this season, Gordon is batting .292 with 83 runs scored and 43 steals. This season, the two-time All-Star ranks among the Majors' top ten in steals, hits and runs.
Since his first full season in 2014, Gordon has stolen 195 bases, second most in that timespan, behind only Billy Hamilton's 222 steals.
Gordon comes from a rich baseball lineage, and his father also went by a famous nickname. Tom “Flash” Gordon played 21 seasons in the big leagues for eight different clubs. Flash was a three-time All-Star and a World Series champion with the Phillies in 2008.
The Marlins will host San Diego on Players Weekend. At home this season, Gordon has consistently delivered, by batting .307, scoring 37 runs and swiping 19 steals in 61 games.
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