You’ll see this image floating around the internet a lot this week, probably without credit. My buddy Chris, (@sportsbrain) snapped the photo.
Right place at the right time for a powerful image. A bit of a hidden gem in this image is that it takes us down memory lane with the jerseys. Gwynn wore so many for the Padres.
Left to right, the jerseys I see: ’85-’90 home, ’97-’03 alternate, ’80-’84 home, ’97-’03 alternate, ’91-’00 home, ’80-’84 home batting practice, and ’80-’84 home. Those jerseys span Gwynn’s entire Padres career. Pretty cool.
Incredible artwork from my friend Ernie Martinez over XtraSports1360.
RIP, Tony Gwynn.
That is so awesome… need to know more about this. Great call on the ’84 Padres font. How did he do this all so fast? That massive flag, with all the perfect paint colors, and the perfect font. How do you get that giant 19 to scale perfectly when you’re working with a fifty foot flag? All of this is so cool. What a neat idea for a tribute to the great Tony Gwynn.
Full disclosure, my eyes welled up the second Vin said the words “Tony Gwynn” – that’s all it took. Vin Scully is the best storyteller in baseball, I’m so happy he shared his thoughts on Tony.
Man. That is some powerful stuff there. Funny thing about Garvey… people think that because I’m opposed Garvey’s number being retired by SD that I didn’t like him as a player. That’s not the case at all. Somewhere behind Mickey Mantle, Bo Jackson, and Tony Gwynn… Garvey sits as one of my top 10 favorite ballplayers of all-time. Just feels weird that a self-proclaimed lifelong Dodger has a number up on the batter’s eye at Petco. (He spent 14 seasons in LA, and 5 in SD… the Dodgers have NOT retired his number.)
Want to hear the most compelling argument that I’ve ever heard for retiring Garvey’s no. 6? Tony Gwynn once said that Garvey’s home run in ’84 was the most memorable moment of his career. With that career, the most memorable moment of Tony’s career wasn’t even one of Tony’s moments. Incredible. That alone tells me that maybe I should just shut up, let it go, and accept that the Padres retired his number.
[top photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE]
I watched this, and managed to not tear up until the end. Such a great tribute. Then I did something stupid and read the YouTube comments. Sure, most of them show gratitude toward Keith for his tribute… for his storytelling. Then I saw this one: “Keith Olbermann is a dry piece of sh*t. Quit plugging yourself.” I’m assuming the “plugging” this idiot is talking about are Keith’s stories, as he is in most of them. What this idiot doesn’t realize is that’s what made Tony so special. Everybody that he encountered, he gave them a story. He made you feel special. That’s why San Diego sports radio has kept the phone lines open since news of Tony’s passing to take callers… everybody’s got a Tony story. That’s what made Keith’s tribute so special… it was personal. We’re human. We relate to stories. Stories that are personal are the most powerful. So if that’s “plugging” — plug away, Keith, and thank you for giving me even more memories of the great Mr. Padre.
The best against the best… here’s what Maddux had to say about Tony…
Amazing little anecdote from Maddux. Game respect game.
RIP, Tony Gwynn.