Seemingly every day is now some sort of official day for some random thing or cause. However, February 10th is going to be Alex Gordon Day in Nebraska, a fitting salute to the KC Royals star outfielder.
In recent years, there has been a trend where random items or causes have a day that is all their own. National Cheese Day was on January 20th. Old Rock Day was on January 7th, and celebrates old stones. There is even a National Oxygen Awareness Day (October 8th). Seriously, I’m pretty sure that we’re all aware of oxygen when we breathe.
February 10th, on the other hand, is a day that a KC Royals fan can truly get behind. Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts has proclaimed that day as Alex Gordon Day, celebrating the Royals star left fielder on his 32nd birthday. Finally, a day that Royals fans young and old, cheese loving or not, can get behind!
As Nebraska senator Roy Baker stated, Gordon is the prefect ambassador for the state, and worthy of having such an honor.
"“Alex Gordon is an excellent ambassador for Nebraska and we are proud of the way he represents our state,” Baker said. “It seems fitting to thank him for his contributions with this gubernatorial proclamation on his birthday.”"
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Most fans would recognize Gordon for his work on the field, where he has become a three time All-Star and has won four Gold Glove awards. He has been a valuable part of the KC Royals resurgence, and is one of the true leaders in the clubhouse. However, Gordon has also been very active in the community, joining with the Royals to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, raising money for awareness of childhood cancer causes, while looking to help develop treatments and cures.
Even without the World Series victory, Gordon was still worthy of such an honor. The work he has done on the field, where through hard work and determination, he turned himself from a potentially failed prospect to the face of the Royals, is worth admiration and emulation. Add in his charitable work off the field, and Gordon is a great role model for younger fans to look up to.
On February 10th, take the time to celebrate Alex Gordon in any way you can. The KC Royals outfielder certainly deserves his day.