Gordon attempting to put difficult rookie season behind him
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Alex Gordon's major league career began inauspiciously. As an Opening Day crowd of 41,257 at Kauffman Stadium rose to applaud the Kansas City Royals' would-be savior, Gordon whiffed with the bases loaded against Boston's Curt Schilling in his first at-bat.Gordon's rookie year ended painfully, when a Kelly Shoppach grounder clocked him in the nose in the ninth inning of the season finale. After Gordon went to the hospital for treatment, his teammates checked the tape and swore that the slow-motion replay showed his entire nose shifting in the direction of Topeka. Gordon might have been able to survive that dispiriting first chapter and blood-soaked epilogue and even smile about his plight, if only the 160 games in between weren't such a grind.
This young man is still learning the league and learning pitchers. Let's not go backwards negatively. Let's go forward positively.
--Royals manager Trey Hillman, about Alex Gordon
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