Dee Gordon walked into the Miami Marlins clubhouse four hours before game time and was greeted at his locker by a three-foot-high stack of boxes — bats, gloves, shoes and more, all new.
"Three months of stuff," he said.
That's how long he had been gone. Gordon returned Thursday from an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test and was in the lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals, batting leadoff and playing second base.
In conjunction with his reinstatement, Gordon issued an apology on social media addressed primarily to his young fans.
"I know I let you down, and I'm sorry," Gordon said in a video. "Complacency led me to this,...