Fans at Haymarket Park might have flashbacks this weekend when they see a guy with the last name Gordon take the field. Although he looks like former Husker great Alex, it's actually his younger brother, Derek, who's a relief pitcher for the Kansas City T-Bones.
"The guy has worked so hard even through the adversity when he was at third base earlier in his career," said Derek. "Going through as much stuff as he's gone through is something to be proud of."
Like his older brother, Derek played at Lincoln Southeast. While he could've walked on at Nebraska, Derek instead pitched at Park University just outside of Kansas City. The 6'6" right hander set school records for the career wins and strikeouts.
"The biggest thing is that they expect you to be as hard of a worker as he is," said Derek. "And, honestly, that's impossible. He works so hard and it's unmatchable."
Derek threw to Alex for the first time last offseason when the two trained at the NU hitting facility named after the Royals left fielder.
"I did try to throw a few in there but he's a really good hitter," Derek said. "It's hard to put anything past him."
While both Gordons play in the Kansas City area, they rarely get the opportunity to spend time together during the season. Derek goes to Royals games when he is able to. Back in Lincoln, Friday marked the first time Derek has played an official game in the park where Alex led the Huskers to the College World Series.
"I always came to games here to watch Alex," Derek said. "Coming here to play is a big difference."