Have you ever been to Petco Park? For those of you who haven’t, there are two statutes in the ball park, both honoring two of the greatest people to ever work for the Padres. One of them is Jerry Coleman, known for his radio voice, and his saying “Oh Doctor.” The other statue is that of the great Tony Gwynn, who played his whole career with one team, the Padres. Earlier this year we lost both of these people, and Padres’ baseball will never be the same without them.
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However we aren’t the only ones that miss them, and Major League Baseball wasn’t done honoring Mr. Padre. Major League Baseball recognized and honored Tony Gwynn in San Fransisco before Game 3 of the World Series between the Giants and Royals. There was a three minute tribute for the Stand Up to Cancer proceedings which also included a highlight video of Gwynn’s 20-year career with the Friars.
The Ceremony was attended by Tony’s four grandchildren and his widow, Alicia, plus the newly- elected Commissioner Rob Manfred. Tony has accomplished so much in his playing career, getting over 3,ooo hits, his 8 batting titles, and that doesn’t even scrape the surface of what he has done for baseball and the City of San Diego. I know one thing, I miss Tony and it hit me and a lot of my fellow Padres fans hard when he passed. He will forever be a Padres’ legend.