RIP Tony Gwynn

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.

 

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