RIP Tony Gwynn
June 16, 2014 1 Comment
Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of cancer today at the age of 54. He was one of the greatest pure hitters in baseball history, an all-around good guy, and somewhat of a rarity in that he spent his entire career with the the same team, the San Diego Padres. After hearing about his passing, I thought about this funny commercial from when I was a kid. It features Gwynn and teammate Bip Roberts discussing the value (or lack of value) of Bip’s rookie card. Here’s the video, and then a few more Tony Gwynn moments. The first is from the 1994 All-Star Game, where Gwynn scored the winning run with a mad dash on Moises Alou’s 10th inning double. The most exciting All-Star Game play I’ve ever seen. The second is Tony Gwynn’s 3000th hit, called by longtime Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, who also died this year.