Rest in Peace Mr. Padre
Every decade has its own version of what a hero looks like within the fields of play in all Major Sports. Some of them go on to disappoint or break their iconic status with off field antics or behavior. But then there are those rare few that never failed us as fans. Never did they take the easy way out nor do anything short of being not only the best player they could be but also the best person they could be.
He did not play for my favorite team but Tony Gwynn was one baseball player that I truly loved to watch at the plate. His demeanor no matter the count showed what it meant to be a professional hitter. He consistently set the example at what it meant to be a hard out.
Did you know that in Tony’s twenty years of play that he never recorded more than 40 strikeouts in any season? Forty!!! As of today June 16, 2014 there are currently 138 MLB with 41 or more strikeouts and we are not HALF WAY through the season.
The man known as Captain Video and Mr. Padre will definitely be missed among the baseball faithful. When it came to Tony Gwynn it did not matter the team you were rooting for, you knew you watching greatness when he stepped to the plate.
I know that I for one would have loved to have him as the hitting coach for my favorite team. I would have loved for those guys just to have his presence in the club house.
My deepest sympathy goes out to Tony Gwynn Jr. and the rest of the Gwynn family.
Rest in Peace Mr. Padre.
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