Even after returning, Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon gets taste of retirement

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 18:25:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon had a decision to make after last season: return or hang up his gold glove and Royals Hall of Fame cleats.

He chose to stay but never envisioned something like this: a 60-game season in the midst of a pandemic.

Regardless, Gordon says he doesn't regret his decision.

"I still felt like I wanted to play. I still had that hunger to play," Gordon said. "And still felt like I could compete out there, maybe not as good as I used to, but still at a high level."

Gordon and his teammates are a little over two weeks away from the oddest and latest of Opening Days. And ironically, despite his decision to return, Gordon had that retirement feel the previous four months, staying at home and spending the majority of his time with his family.

"It did kind of open my eyes to what it might be like when I am done playing. And you know what? I kind of enjoyed it."

Gordon said it was good to spend quality time for them in the Summer for once, even going to his own kids' baseball games.

"It's definitely kind of put some perspective into everything," Gordon said. "Do I know if this is my last year? No. But I kind of got a glimpse of what it might look like so we'll see how this year goes."