Gordon adds to list of wall-crashing grabs
KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's wall-crashing catches have become so famous that even one of his young sons is imitating them at home.
"My little boy always does it," Gordon said. "He says 'Hey, here goes Alex Gordon,' and he runs into the wall. ... He does it just like daddy. He runs into the wall, falls down and lays there for about 10 seconds."
Gordon was at it again Wednesday night, crashing into the left-field fence at Kauffman Stadium with two outs in the fifth inning to take a hit away from Cincinnati's Todd Frazier in the Royals' 7-1 win.
Gordon turned, raced straight back to the fence and seemed to face-plant it as he caught the ball. It was much like the catch he made to rob J.J. Hardy in the American League Championship Series against the Orioles last October at Kauffman Stadium.
"Little bit similar, just looking over the other shoulder this time," he said. "Same deal, though, and bang-bang play.
"Actually, the one in playoffs hurt more. Everyone asks if I hurt my face this time, and I didn't. It hurt my knees more, but it's not bad."
Why is Gordon so fearless when it comes to walls?
"I just say 'Screw it,'" he said. "That's my job."
Statcast™ data indicated Gordon reached a speed of 16.19 mph while covering 57 feet. The exit velocity of Frazier's liner was 101 mph.
"It happened fast," Gordon said. "Positioning definitely had something to do with it. Two outs, a guy with some pop up, you take away the doubles, so I was a little back. That helped."