Various political topics occurred to me as I considered what to write about today, but in the end I’ve got to go with something entirely apolitical: Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon‘s pre-game workout routine. My wife and I have been watching the Major League Baseball playoffs the past ten days or so with rapt attention, because our beloved Royals have been tearing it up, winning six straight and up 2 games to none against the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship.
Gordon is a cornerstone of the team, having been a Royal since he entered the big leagues and having made two trips to the All-Star game to represent the club. He’s also a three-time Gold Glove winner.
What I didn’t know about Alex Gordon until now was just how dedicated he is to developing and maintaining on his level of on-field performance. That shows up in his daily pre-game workouts, which stretch for hours and include strength training, extensive stretching, sprints, fielding drills, batting practice and more, according to reporter Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. He manages his time efficiently and moves from one task to the next with a serious sense of purpose.
Gordon has gained a couple disciples among fellow players on the team, who now emulate the routine, and the Royals have put together a condensed video of the workout to send around as an example to the players in their farm system.
There’s a reason the country is rooting for the Kansas City Royals right now, and it’s got a lot do with the fact that it’s guys like Gordon, working as hard as he does, that brought them to where they are now – just two games away from the World Series.