Relax, have fun, do what you do.
And forget everybody will be watching you over the next two months to determine if you really can be counted upon next year.
Dee Gordon, I have no other advice. Just play your game and let everything fall into place.
View the fact that the next two months are your audition for full-time starting status as the Dodgers shortstop as opportunity and not burden.
Manager Don Mattingly had trouble being quite so specific, at first saying he "didn’t think of it as an audition," then adding, "in a sense I guess he’s auditioning," and then finally, when pressed, admitting it was but he just didn’t like the word.
"It’s like he’s trying out almost, but in a sense these guys are always trying out," Mattingly said. "You want to see who’s going to develop, see who’s going to get better.
"In the course of these two months you get a chance to see. You may see this guy’s still not ready. In a sense, I guess you are auditioning for us."
It makes no sense that it’s anything but an audition. Rafael Furcal is off to St. Louis. Gordon has been called back up. Now he has this time to confirm he is the Dodgers’ shortstop of the future. They need to go into the offseason feeling fairly confident Gordon is ready, or scramble for a quick backup plan.