Kansas City Royals: Fans Victim of Friendly Fire

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Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon – Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals won an incredible game last night in walk off fashion. The comments by Royals manager Ned Yost after the game were even more surprising.

Do you remember where you were on April 2nd, 2007?

I do.  I was in the upper-deck of Kauffman Stadium, taking in an Opening Day tilt against the vaunted Boston Red Sox.

This wasn’t just another Opening Day though.  This was the day my preordained favorite Royals player was making his MLB debut.  His name–Alex Gordon.

I remember that day quite vividly, as do many others.  The Red Sox lineup was stacked, and youthful Billy Butler and Alex Gordon were all the Royals really boasted on the offensive side of the ball.

It didn’t stop there, as the Red Sox had big time pitching as well, and on this date Curt Schilling was on the bump.

By now you know the story.  The Royals managed to load the bases in the 1st inning, and set the stage for a heroic debut for Gordon.  The at-bat was pretty epic.  Gordon fought off pitches, spit on pitches, and ultimately worked a full count.

Ultimately, Schilling prevailed.  He struck out Gordon, and essentially punched every Royals fan like me in the gut.

That moment for Alex Gordon stuck with me so much that I didn’t remember that the Royals actually won that game.  They didn’t just win it, they stomped the Red Sox, 7-1.

Fast forward to August 26th, 2014…

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