June 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Former San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn waives during a pre game ceremony to honor the members of the 1998 National League Championship team before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t even know what to say about this. If you were a sports loving kid growing up in San Diego around my day, you knew about Junior Seau and Tony Gwynn. Those were your sports heroes. They were the reason that you watched the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Padres. They were the reason that you loved those two teams. It definitely wasn’t because those teams were the best.
Today, they are both gone. Seau a couple of years ago and Tony Gwynn today. It is a sad day for San Diego sports fans. A sports hero has left us today.
Gwynn was the best hitter that I have ever seen. He had the ability to put the bat on the ball and make solid contact every single time! He would put the bat out there and smash that ball right through the 5.5 hole. He was one of the reasons why I started watching the game.
It was amazing any time he would strike out at the plate. It was a rare site. It was like a unicorn. You just never would see it.
He played the game with so much passion and love for the game. I will always remember that laugh. It was unique and stood out, just like him.
Honestly…. I am speechless.
RIP Tony. You are loved in this city. You are loved!
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 16, 2014