Sam McDowell: In appreciation of Alex Gordon, the 'perfect ballplayer' and a model Kansas City Royal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than anyone else, Alex Gordon personified the Royals’ climb from punchline to parade.He came here with so much promise. You remember that. College player of the year. Minor league player of the year. Dirty blonde hair, left-handed swing, third base. They compared him to George Brett before he ever played a professional game. What’s even crazier is Brett felt honored by the comparison.Gordon received two standing ovations before his first big league at-bat, a strikeout with the bases loaded that foreshadowed so much struggle. Too many strikeouts. Not enough production. A…

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