WAIT for it…not all peer pressure is bad. In this video, me, and my daughter egg on my lifelong best friend, Eric Hoffman, into proclaiming his love FOR Alex Gordon, TO Alex Gordon.
This video took place on Sunday September 30th, 2018. During a rare Royals win over the Indians, 9-4 at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City.
Alex Gordon was 2-5 on the day with an RBI. But that isn’t what got Eric so excited.
It was that not only did Alex Gordon attend college and play for our beloved Huskers before being drafted in 2005 by the Kansas City Royals with the second pick overall, becoming the highest draft pick out of Nebraska since Darin Erstad was selected with the first pick of the 1995 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.
But it was that he is FROM Nebraska, just like us. And is 2 “ish” years younger.
We watched him progress through the minor leagues at a blistering pace, occasionally playing for our hometown #Omaha Storm Chasers.
In short, we LOVE Alex Gordon. But my friend Eric’s love borders on insanity. As evidenced in this clip.
We were as close to Alex Gordon aka “GORDO” as we have ever been in our entire lives.
So how could we NOT show our appreciation? for one of the greatest Royals #baseball players in Kansas City history?
After much goading from me and my then-9 year old daughter, E-HO let hurl one of the greatest showings of admiration a Nebraskan can bestow on a former Husker – that chant of GBR – GO BIG RED!
And not only did Alex respond when Eric yelled his name, at the end of the video you can see him laughing.
And 2 pitches later, I caught a foul ball for my daughter!
During his rookie year in with the Royals, Alex Gordon lived in Lincoln. He moved to Leawood, Kansas in 2009. After his first child was born in 2010, he moved back to Lincoln to be closer to his grandparents.
When he signed a four-year contract with the Royals in 2016, he moved back to Leawood with his family in order to pick a convenient full-time school for his children.
Alex Gordon Royals Franchise Records:
Gordon ranks in the top-10 for most offensive categories in Royals history:
hit by pitches (121, first);
walks (684, third);
home runs (190, fourth);
doubles (357, fifth);
total bases (2,622, fifth);
extra-base hits (573, fifth);
WAR (34.5, fifth);
hits (1,643, sixth);
runs batted in (749, sixth);
runs scored (867, sixth);
games played (1,753, sixth);
singles (1,070, sixth);
at bats (6,391, sixth);
plate appearances (7,250, sixth);
sacrifice flies (43, seventh);
intentional walks (48, seventh).
And the two records that count the most: two World Series Appearances and one World Series championship.
In 2015, Gordon hit trouble as a groin injury held him to only 104 games. Despite the injury, the star appeared in his third straight All-Star game. He went on to hit .271 with 18 doubles. Gordon was a key piece to the World Series Championship team. His game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Game 1 off of Jeurys Familia led to a win in extra innings.
After the season, Gordon signed a four-year, $72 million contract, which was the largest in franchise history at the time.
He finished his career with four straight Gold Gloves. Gordon continued to shine with his arm and willingness to put his body on the line to make incredible plays. Additionally, he finished his career tied with Frank White for the most Gold Gloves in franchise history. Gordon also has two Platinum Gloves to go along with his three All-Star Game selections and one World Series Championship.
With his cleats hung up for good, Gordon finished with a total fielding percentage of .994. He accumulated 14 double plays and 102 outfield assists.
The latter led all outfielders in the span of 2011-2020. At the plate, he had 1,643 total hits, 190 home runs, 749 RBI, and 357 doubles.