Tony Gwynn – May You Rest in Peace
It brings me great sadness to write today about the passing of Tony Gwynn, who died today at the age of 54 after a battle with cancer. “Mr. San Diego Padre”…. “Mr. Wonderful Padre.” This is how he was known. And, after 20 seasons of Major League Baseball, nearly hitting .400 in one season, one of the greatest hitters since Ted Williams, gold glove winner and 3,000 hit champion, he left us with a legendary performance.
Inducted in the hall of fame in 2007 with Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn was known to be an amazing person with a kind demeanor. I remember watching him play as a kid with the best of them. I probably have countless of his baseball cards because something about him commands a presence with the top players to collect. He symbolizes everything I love about baseball.
Your fans offer their condolences to your family. I am sure the entire city of San Diego, CA could say the same. Thank you Tony for taking part in making the game what it is today; thank you for showing us that legends aren’t just in the distant past, but also within the past 30 years.