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'Gordo Nation' Mourns After Royals All-Star Injured

Keith Allison

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.) 

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.

Kyle Palmer is the editor of the Shawnee Mission Post, a digital news outlet serving Northeast Johnson County, Kansas. He previously served as KCUR's news director and morning newscaster.
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