For Pete's Sake

Gov. Sam Brownback: I would have sent Alex Gordon

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon who was on third base walked back to the dugout as the San Francisco Giants celebrate after winning 3-2 in game seven of the World Series on Oct. 29, 2014.
Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon who was on third base walked back to the dugout as the San Francisco Giants celebrate after winning 3-2 in game seven of the World Series on Oct. 29, 2014. The Kansas City Star

It’s time to come clean.

There have been a couple of times this winter you’ve thought about the ninth inning of game seven of the World Series.

Or maybe you’ve replayed that moment when Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was stopped at third base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning a couple dozen times a day since late October.

I’m guessing that when the scenario is played out in the minds of most Royals fans, Gordon always manages to score even though he likely would have been thrown out by about 20 feet.

But it couldn’t have hurt to wave him home given the way the game ended, right?

Hindsight is always 20-20 as they say.

Apparently, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has thought about it because he mentioned that moment at his State of the State address on Thursday (from the Associated Press story):

“And we will continue our march to zero income taxes,” Brownback said. “Now, there may be some who consider this course too bold. Well, I’m the sort of guy who would have sent Alex Gordon from third base.”

Who knows? Maybe Alex Gordon and the ninth inning of game seven of the World Series will become nomenclature for bold action.

Had the Royals sent Gordon, maybe we’d all be talking about how great that victory parade was.

Oh, well. Spring training starts next month.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/pgrathoff

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