Steinbrenner’s Cole Gordon Sits Down timberland With Varsity Reporter Zealand Shannon
Junior Cole Gordon is a big boy. As we sit down for the interview, he towers over me (6 timberland ‘5″), and is thick enough (230 lbs.) that I would have a better chance of walking through a brick wall. He melts into the wallpaper, quiet and unassuming. Whe timberland n spoken to he is intelligent, he answers simple questions with the candid, mechanical nature of a public relations director, weaving an undertone of confidence behind every answer, why not?
Gordon is left handed. He pitches. He plays first base. He can h timberland it the cover off the ball, with a natural power that gives the ball wings. As a baseball person, there is very little not to love about him.
Starting at six, Gordon played in the Forest Hills little league, then picked up travel ball in his early teens. Gordon was zoned to go to Chamberlain like his two older brothers, but he choiced into Steinbrenner for their sports marketing program, and came under the wing of famed coach John Crumbley, who had recently left Jesuit.
As a freshman, Gordon played exclusively on the JV team; in his sophomore year, he started to steal the stage. A 0.95 ERA, 6 1 record, 36.2 innings pitched, 53 strikeouts, .150 batting for opposing batters. All while batting .273 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in.
Going into his junior year, Gordon gained two inches and 40 pounds, and now fits the spitting image of a big time ballplayer. The batting average is up to .418, and if Gordon steps to the plate, his .575 on base percentage means chances are you’ll see him on first, or second, or rounding all four bags, rather then heading to the dugout. An inflamed elbow has limited him to only 4.1 innings on the mound this season; he has six strikeouts.
Gordon’s talents have drawn offers from numerous SEC schools to play collegiate baseball, (something one of his older brothers is currently doing at UCF) but the professional ranks might come calling.
As the interview winds down I shoot one more question Gordon’s way, trying to catch him off guard and find a true bit of emotion.
“Are you going to go pro?” I ask, and a wry smile creeps across his face.
“If there is an opportunity to (go pro) I might, if I get real consideration,” said Gordon. That smile, he knows something the rest of us don’t; how good he can become, how high he can rise, and it’s enough to make his smile uncontainable.