Gordon enjoying success at Camden Yards

Left fielder's dad, older brother once rooted for the Orioles

Gordon enjoying success at Camden Yards

BALTIMORE -- The Royals weren't at all unhappy about starting the American League Championship Series at Camden Yards, as evidenced by their three-homer salvo during an 8-6, Game 1 victory in 10 innings.

"It's definitely a place where we all like to hit," said Alex Gordon, who hit one of the homers. But that didn't measure up to his shot over the right-field scoreboard in 2008. There's a marker out on Eutaw Street for that one.

  Date   Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 10   KC 8, BAL 6 (10 inn.) video
Gm 2 Oct. 11   KC 6, BAL 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14   KC 2, BAL 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15   KC 2, BAL 1 video

"I've got one, right by Ken Griffey Jr. and some of those other guys," Gordon said. "They've got Griffey and Frank Thomas and all these big-name guys -- and little Alex Gordon is sitting there. But I think I'm behind all of them."

When Gordon was growing up, his dad and older brother were Orioles fans -- even in Nebraska, which is Royals country.

"They've all been out there to visit the stadium, and they think it's pretty cool that I got a little piece of history there," he said.

Yep, there it lies, a baseball-round marker saying "Alex Gordon, July 1, 2008, 425 [feet]." And he's right -- it's one of the deepest down the right-field line, almost on the patio of Dempsey's Brew Pub and Restaurant in the gigantic rustic Warehouse.

His Game 1 homer was the ninth of his career at Camden Yards.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.