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2014-06-16 12:38:11 PM  
Best headline hands down. RIP Mr. Padres
 
2014-06-16 12:40:25 PM  
I like this one.

One of many players that screwed in '94. Shoulda had the chance to hit .400 that season.
 
2014-06-16 12:47:29 PM  
Yep, I gotta vote for this one too.
 
2014-06-16 12:55:43 PM  
He and Boggs will always be tied together in my mind for being THE hitters of my youth.

RIP, Mr. Padre.
 
2014-06-16 01:08:20 PM  
I thought he was winning the fight, very surprised and sad to hear.  What a great hitter.  We were Dodger season ticket holders and I saw a whole lot of him slapping singles into left like a machine.  Then a 2-run double or something to beat us.  Nothing but respect.
 
2014-06-16 01:13:41 PM  
That's sad, he was a baseball hero of my youth.

Here's a video of how his son handles heckler fans.
 
2014-06-16 01:20:17 PM  
From cancer?

*clicks*

Cancer.  F*ck cancer.
 
2014-06-16 01:20:23 PM  
Now this was a good headline.
 
2014-06-16 01:22:07 PM  
I'll never forgive the Lords of Baseball for 1994 for so many reasons, but the two most egregious are (1) we never got to see how far that amazing Expos team could have gone, and (2) we got cheated out of Tony Gwynn chasing .400. Now we don't have the Expos and we don't have Tony Gwynn. Thanks a bundle, Lords of Baseball.
 
2014-06-16 01:23:11 PM  

FriarReb98: He and Boggs will always be tied together in my mind for being THE hitters of my youth.


And rice pilaf.

/Nothing's obscure, right?
 
2014-06-16 01:24:44 PM  
I moved to Pittsburgh in April of 1994. The MLB All Star Game was played at Three Rivers Stadium that July, and I was there. I found a scalper outside the ballpark who had a single for sale, and talked him into selling it to me. It cost me $98 and all the change in my pocket, everything I had on me, and he was complaining because he'd hoped to get at least a hundred for it. It was a great back-and-forth game, tied in the bottom of the ninth by a Fred McGriff home run. In the bottom of the tenth Tony Gwynn singled, and took off from first when Moises Alou knocked a double into the gap. He came all the way around and slid into home just below the tag, and the place erupted, Gwynn leaping the plate around like a little kid. It's one of my favorite baseball memories.

Another time I was watching Tony Gwynn face off against Randy Johnson and his devastating slider in a ballgame on TV. Johnson busted him inside with a fastball, and came back with that absurd slider that starts ten feet in the air in his hand on the mound and dives toward the big toe on a right handed batter's back foot. Gwynn, after getting busted inside with that fastball, and with the slider diving down and away across the plate from him, reached out and hit it square and solid, and lined it off the left field wall. One of the announcers, an old ball player himself although I don't recall which one offhand, immediately said it was one of the best hits he'd ever seen. When his partner expressed his surprise at the assertion, the old ballplayer explained that hitting that pitch, in that location, that well, after getting brushed back with a 98mph fastball just a moment before, was pretty damned impressive. It was hard to argue.

What I'm saying is, Tony Gwynn was a heck of a ballplayer, and from all accounts a really good guy. A pure bat-on-ball contact hitter.

A month after that All Star game the MLB players union went on strike, a stoppage that extended into the next year. The World Series was cancelled, we never got a chance to find out if the first-place Expos could have won it, and we never got a chance to find out if Gwynn, hitting .394 at the time, could have sustained for another month-and-a-half and become the first .400 hitter since Ted Williams in 1941. The season was over too suddenly and too unfairly, and we couldn't get it back. RIP, Tony.
 
2014-06-16 01:24:55 PM  
Fark cancer. RIP, .338 lifetime guy.
 
2014-06-16 01:25:15 PM  
Very sad. He was a true gentleman.
 
2014-06-16 01:25:46 PM  

BunkoSquad: I'll never forgive the Lords of Baseball for 1994 for so many reasons, but the two most egregious are (1) we never got to see how far that amazing Expos team could have gone, and (2) we got cheated out of Tony Gwynn chasing .400. Now we don't have the Expos and we don't have Tony Gwynn. Thanks a bundle, Lords of Baseball.


You forgot about Matt Williams breaking the home run record unaided.
 
2014-06-16 01:26:27 PM  
no idea he was sick.

stupid cancer
 
2014-06-16 01:27:01 PM  
Hate, hate, hate this news. Great hitter and by all accounts, great guy. RIP hitting machine.

/sorry, but cornball headline is cornball
 
2014-06-16 01:27:12 PM  
This tobacco user lives, while Tony Gwynn doesn't

trenchreynolds.me
 
2014-06-16 01:27:29 PM  
before Arizona had a team, we'd get out to San Dog fairly regularly in spring and summer to catch MLB, so I got to see Tony play a fair amount, usually against the Dodgers as they were our team.  was very sad to hear this.


and in the 90s, San Diego sports was epitomized by two names:  Junior Seau and Tony Gwynn.


too young, too soon.
 
2014-06-16 01:28:28 PM  

Anayalator: unaided.


You sure about that?
 
2014-06-16 01:28:37 PM  
R.I.P. Baseball Man

/Best laugh in professional sports.
 
2014-06-16 01:28:51 PM  

Anayalator: You forgot about Matt Williams breaking the home run record unaided.


Yeah, I did forget about that, thanks to Roger Maris getting blown out of the record book by the end of the decade. Another travesty!
 
2014-06-16 01:29:15 PM  
One of the all-time greats. RIP, Tony.
/Didn't even know he was sick.
 
2014-06-16 01:30:27 PM  

ShadyIce: This tobacco user lives, while Tony Gwynn doesn't

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I saw an interview a couple years ago with Dykstra. Has he had a stroke or something? Seriously, his speech was slurred and he had a facial tic.
 
2014-06-16 01:30:38 PM  
I'll never forget his "retirement ceremony" on the field where he brought his glove and a jersey in a brown paper Von's grocery bag. Because you know the guy shopped at the regular store like every other regular Joe and that's what he found to put the stuff in when it came time to head to the park.
 
2014-06-16 01:30:53 PM  
My childhood hero, my favorite player of all time. I'm crushed. I don't normally get worked up about celebrity deaths, but this one just hits too hard.

I can't tell you how many games I saw him play. How many hits he racked up. I was present for one of his 5-for-5 performances. My favorite in-person baseball story even involves him.

This must have been 1992. Tony had had a monster night against the Phillies (I think it was another shiat night), and I was present for the next game (day game). Box seat, too, right behind home plate, courtesy of my grandparents who couldn't go. Curt Schilling is doing his pregame warm-up pitches, and throws one of them to the backstop. My first thought was, "He's setting up to bean Tony." Pretending his control was way off.

Sure enough, when Tony comes to the plate in the bottom of the first, Schilling's first pitch is right at Tony's head. Tony ducks, pops back up, and shouts, "THAT'S BULLSH*T, SCHILLING!" Curt, naturally, throws the next pitch right over the plate.

Tony, knowing that it was coming, lined that f*cking pitch right at Schilling's head. Schilling hit the dirt like he was being shot at. Single up the middle. It was glorious.

RIP, Tony.
 
2014-06-16 01:31:01 PM  
Nice touch Subby, made me smile while I shed a tear.
 
2014-06-16 01:31:07 PM  
Man that sucks.  You have to wonder how how often the first base umpire would see Tony start to swing and think  "Stay fair, stay fair, stay fair."
 
2014-06-16 01:31:53 PM  

The_Sponge: /Best laugh in professional sports
.


Jim Rome will be playing a clip from a 90s "Tour Stop" with Gwynn getting heckled (good naturedly, of course) by hoemtown fans as he tells a few stories about Rickey Henderson, with Gwynn doing his best Rickey impression.  I forget it specifically, but it ends with I think Rickey striking out or getting thrown out, but in the dugout Rickey -- keep in mind Tony Gwynn's impression -- is talking to himself and says something like, "don't worry Rickey, you still the greatest of all time, Rickey".
 
2014-06-16 01:32:13 PM  

ShadyIce: This tobacco user lives, while Tony Gwynn doesn't

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I saw plenty of games at the Vet, most of them from the outfield, and I was always disgusted by Dykstra spitting his chew all over the turf.  I feel sorry for the poor bastard who got stuck cleaning that crap up after every game.
 
2014-06-16 01:32:37 PM  
Rest in peace Mr Gwynn.
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2014-06-16 01:33:36 PM  
I got to watch his whole career,and what a pleasure it was.Some seasons the only reason I watched a Padre game was to see him hit.My favorite ballplayer eva.
 
2014-06-16 01:34:55 PM  
Tony was all class.  One of the guys you knew was doing things the right way.  Cheeseburgers instead of roids.  Stand up guy instead of being an insufferable lying prick.

Amazing college basketball player, MLB hitting freak, hard working and fun having.   RIP Tony Gwynn.
 
2014-06-16 01:34:58 PM  
When Tony got his 3000th hit, the Padres were on the road in Montreal. Fans were allowed to watch the game for free in Qualcomm onthe Jumbotron. I was there and I know that we had more fans there than were there in Montreal. A true legend and great man. RIP Tony
 
2014-06-16 01:35:31 PM  

violentsalvation: That's sad, he was a baseball hero of my youth.

Here's a video of how his son handles heckler fans.


That's hilarious. When he knocked the Padres out of the postseason back in '08, he flew back with the Padres owner and his wife. After a long silence, he said "I feel terrible about this." Everybody burst out laughing.
 
2014-06-16 01:36:52 PM  
Truly bummed by this. Truly a great player and a very classy and cool guy. Too young, period.

Don't chew tobacco, kids.
 
2014-06-16 01:37:21 PM  

ShadyIce: This tobacco user lives, while Tony Gwynn doesn't

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Gwynn is resting in peace, without pain.

Dickstra has to live with his douchebag self in jail for a long, long time.

/seems fair
 
2014-06-16 01:37:23 PM  
WTF? Seems like he just retired. Dammit.
 
2014-06-16 01:39:46 PM  
Stop with the dip, guys.
 
2014-06-16 01:39:48 PM  
And to get it out of the way:

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RIP Tony Gwynn

no disrespect intended
 
2014-06-16 01:43:15 PM  
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2014-06-16 01:43:45 PM  
Was stationed in San Diego during the early 90's went to a ton of Padres games always was a great guy to watch play. Plus he was fast for being as chubby as he was.
 
2014-06-16 01:44:49 PM  

Shame Us: Anayalator: unaided.

You sure about that?


Williams was no Adonis, more country strong. There are often physical indicators, such as Barry Bonds going from size 10-1/2 to 13 shoes in his 30s. Williams was also prone to injuries, and was not a quick healer, another indicaor that he was not juicing.

Circumstantial evidence is circumstantial, but he was not listed in the Mitchell report, and was generally not suspected by the local sports media.
 
2014-06-16 01:46:14 PM  

rickythepenguin: The_Sponge: /Best laugh in professional sports
.

Jim Rome will be playing a clip from a 90s "Tour Stop" with Gwynn getting heckled (good naturedly, of course) by hoemtown fans as he tells a few stories about Rickey Henderson, with Gwynn doing his best Rickey impression.  I forget it specifically, but it ends with I think Rickey striking out or getting thrown out, but in the dugout Rickey -- keep in mind Tony Gwynn's impression -- is talking to himself and says something like, "don't worry Rickey, you still the greatest of all time, Rickey".


Starts about 3:19
 
2014-06-16 01:46:53 PM  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3WFW8uO8Jcw# t=198">https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3WFW 8uO8Jcw# t=198
 
2014-06-16 01:47:00 PM  
Thank you Mr. Gwynn.  You were a great, great baseball player and a joy to watch.

Rest in peace.

/Fark cancer.
 
2014-06-16 01:50:38 PM  
RIP whitest sounding black guy
 
2014-06-16 01:50:41 PM  
Yikes, that's way too young to die.
 
2014-06-16 01:51:41 PM  
I don't know what it was about this guy but he made me a baseball fan overnight.  I started to play little league and collect baseball cards when I started hearing about him.  I remember watching some games and to me he just seemed to be the coolest baseball player.
Definitely left an impression on me.
RIP
 
2014-06-16 01:52:09 PM  
A true titan of my childhood and a class act.

From 1990 to 2001 he averaged 17 Ks a season.  I dont follow baseball all that closely but that is just impressive.

J.A. Adande @jadande  · 2h
In 1987 Tony Gwynn hit .370 and stole 56 bases. 10 years later he hit .372 with 119 RBI

I was poking around on Baseball Ref and was able to find the game I attending at Olympic Stadium between the Expos and Padres in 1995.  Expos won 1-0 in 10 innings. Gwynn was 0-4 and Pedro dealt a 9 inning one hit shut out with 9 Ks.  I would love to see that one through adult eyes. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SDN/SDN199506030.shtml

RIP to a legend.
 
2014-06-16 01:54:40 PM  
Even as a Cubs fan, had great respect for him as a player and a person.... probably in the top 1% of all sports stars as far as how he handled himself and his success.

/Steve Garvey on the other hand
 
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