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Eric Hosmer is eager to end Alex Gordon’s reign as Royals’ fantasy football champion

They weren’t talking fantasy football during the American League Championship Series, but the Royals’ Alex Gordon got a chest bump from Eric Hosmer last October.
They weren’t talking fantasy football during the American League Championship Series, but the Royals’ Alex Gordon got a chest bump from Eric Hosmer last October. jsleezer@kcstar.com

So here’s another reason why the Royals players were so happy when Alex Gordon re-signed.

They’re eager to take his fantasy football title from him.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was a guest on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday, and he was asked about being a fan of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Hosmer said yes, then noted that Lorenzo Cain is a big Cowboys fan and that the two “go at it from time to time.”

“I’ve gone to bat for Eli plenty of times,” Hosmer said. “He’s a winner. That’s what we talked about earlier. You guys would be surprised how big of a hit fantasy football is for our clubhouse.”

That piqued Eisen’s interest, and he wanted to know more about the Royals’ fantasy football league.

Fox Sports associate producer David Holtzman is the commissioner and the reigning champion is Gordon.

“Gordo has won the past two years, but Gordo is getting his information from an outside source,” Hosmer said. “We haven’t found out who it is, but at the end of the show, I’m going to go ahead and get your number and you’re going to be my outside source and I’m going to go ahead and take Gordo’s title from him.”

So what’s Hosmer’s team name?

“Ahhhhhh … I don’t know if we can say it,” Hosmer said.

That drew a chuckle from Eisen, who offered to be Hosmer’s general manager and feed him with tips to offset Gordon’s advantage.

“We need (ESPN’s Adam) Schefter,” Hosmer said.

“OK, I will get Schefter on this,” Eisen answered.

So, it sounds like Hosmer is ready to end Gordon’s fantasy football reign.

Eisen also asked Hosmer about the Royals’ recent team meeting and what Ned Yost told the players

“We’ve got to make sure to put ourselves in a position to give us another chance to be playing in October,” Hosmer said. “We all know that when October comes out, the team just finds a different way to come out and play the game and just find ways to win. But we’ve got to ourselves into that first. We don’t realize what we’ve accomplished the last few years. I think we all realize what other teams have accomplished and where we can just down in history with some of these teams.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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