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Dee Gordon explains his post-game dunk: 'Next time I'm going for style points'

Photos via Dee Gordon.

Christian Yelich won Friday's game against the Rays when he put the Marlins up 10-9 with a single in the bottom of the 10th inning. And so, Mat Latos held up a toy basketball hoop behind Yelich and Dee Gordon dunked on it accordingly:

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Ah yes, the traditional post-game dunking.

If you're wondering why, aside from pure chaotic jubilation, Gordon would dunk on Yelich during a post-game interview, let him explain:

"Mat Latos brought the basketball goal in to shoot around. Jarred Cosart likes to dunk on me every day. Two days ago, I dunked on Cosart, twice -- we got it on video. … I was like, 'Man, we should do it on walk-offs.'"

After Yelich ended the game, "Latos was like, 'Oh, let's get him,'" Gordon said. Thus, the dunk.

Though Gordon kept it simple this time, don't expect this to be his only celebratory dunking-on of teammates this season: "I could have gotten a little higher, probably wind milled or something. I wanted to make sure I executed the dunk first. Next time I'm going for style points," he said.

After all, the 5-foot-11 Gordon played basketball in high school and could've played in college. If only he were a little taller: "I wouldn't be dunking on Yelly, I'd be dunking like on LeBron or something," he said with a big laugh.

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And what does Manager Mike Redmond think of this dunking business?

"At least I know what they're doing with their down time," Redmond said. "They're trying to figure out how to spice up the celebration on the walk-off."