Press conference notes: Aaron Crow and Alex Gordon
Before Thursday’s 7:10 home opener vs. the Detroit Tigers, rookie reliever Aaron Crow and left fielder Alex Gordon sat down with theKansas City media to discuss the upcoming 2011 MLB All-Star Game hosted at Chase Field inPhoenix,Arizona, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-handed reliever Crow, has already been selected by Rangers manager Ron Washington to represent the American League and spoke about his reaction to the news and praised his fellow teammate, Gordon, for his effort in earning a spot as the All-Star Final Vote Candidate.
“I think it’s something that everybody always dreams about doing and I’m fortunate enough to have this opportunity,” Crow said. “I think Alex [Gordon] has been the best player on the team by far this whole year and I think he is the most deserving fromKansas City.”
Despite pitching struggles at Double-A Northwest Arkansas last year, Crow credits minor league pitching coordinator Bill Fischer, who is here in Kansas City currently, for getting him where he is today. With patience and progress over time, Crow explained that Fischer, along with his other minor league coaches, helped him fight through adversity.
Gordon had nothing but thanks to give to his fans, coaches, and teammates for their support in the “Final Vote for Gordon” social media campaign.
“Our players and our coaches, especially Ned [Yost] have really gone out of their way to give me some support,” Gordon said. “It’s really been a great honor. Win or lose, just to be up for All-Star vote is something special.”
Even though Gordon fell just short of the Final Vote for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game finishing third to winner Paul Konerko of the White Sox, the left fielder focuses on working hard every day as a player and contributing to his team to help win games.