He was my favorite player for a long time when I was younger. I was at the 1994 All Star Game in Pittsburgh and this remains one of my fondest memories. A lot of emotion at the end of a meaningless game. Was awesome.
So sad. When I was young every Pirate game I went to seemed to be against the Padres or Expos. I was always amazed at how impossible Tony Gwynn was to get out. Definitely one of my all time non-bucco favorites
ville5 wrote:Rest in peace Mr. Gwynn. You never questioned whether he used steroids lol. Not with that figure. One of the best pure hitters, ever. As Ms. Penny's phenomenal stat can attest to.
Can't understand the stigma against gwynn for being fat at the end of his career. He won multiple gold gloves, stole a bunch of bases, and played point guard at san diego state. he was a good athlete
I remember the first time I looked up his career stats and saw his stolen base numbers for the early part of his career. Jaw dropping. I never got to see skinny Tony Gwynn play. Unfortunately his penchant for putting on weight (185 to 225ish in his career) continued after his playing days to the point where he weighed over 330 pounds. He had lap-band surgery which failed due to his refusal to adhere to the diet. His weight also caused back problems that led to a slipped disc that caused nerve problems in his leg. Even the weight he lost during chemo (80 pounds at one point) would be immediately regained. For as great of a baseball player and as good of a person that he was by all accounts, he unfortunately seemed to be pretty terrible at taking care of himself.
RIP Gerry Goffin, who with his ex wife Carole King wrote many of the top hits of the 1960s, includine "Will you Love me Tomorrow". "Natural Woman, "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Loco-Motion" and so on and so on....