06/06/08 7:40 PM ET
Gordon proud of son's Draft position
Phillies reliever happy 19-year-old is selected by Dodgers
By Guy Curtright / Special to MLB.com
Not bad for someone who had no interest in baseball for the longest time, despite the constant urgings of his father.
"He never cared for baseball; he didn't play at all," the Phillies right-handed reliever said on Friday. "I kept trying to get him interested, but all he cared about was basketball. Now he loves baseball."
Strange-Gordon played just one season of college baseball, but the Dodgers were obviously sold on the 19-year-old's potential to take him in the fourth round.
"I'm grateful," the 40-year-old Gordon said of his son's early selection on Thursday. "I'm really excited about it. It's a blessing."
Strange-Gordon, also a right-hander, will be hard-pressed to match his father's long and successful career. Gordon has pitched in 879 games, recording 137 wins and 157 saves.
"I would love to play against him [in the Majors]," Gordon said. "But if it is going to take him four or five years, I don't know if I'll be around."
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.