'Gordo Nation' Mourns After Royals All-Star Injured
For years, many Kansas City Royals fans have called themselves "Gordo Nation" after All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon.
Well, Gordo Nation is in mourning.
Take this tweet from Wednesday night — after the popular player left a game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a groin injury — as evidence:
Reaching for a fly ball, Gordon seemed to awkwardly plant his left leg on the warning track. He then crashed into the outfield wall and immediately crumpled to the ground.
Team officials have given no firm updates on Gordon’s long-term status, but many baseball experts speculated that Gordon could be out for a significant amount of time, maybe even months. (Manager Ned Yost acknowledged as much in the post-game press conference.)
Alex Gordon is one of the toughest human beings I've ever met. If he's in pain -- and he looked to be in severe pain -- it may well be bad.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 9, 2015
The Royals face the prospect of being without their best player until September. "Now we'll see what we're made of," one said.— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) July 9, 2015
Earlier this week, Gordon received news that he had made his third straight All-Star Game. He was set to start in left field for the American League team next week in Cincinnati.
A Midwest native, Gordon played college baseball at the University of Nebraska. The Royals drafted him with the second overall pick in 2005.