I am still heartbroken over the news of Tony Gwynn’s death. There are only a handful of people I can say are the foundation to my love for baseball and Gwynn is one of them.
I got into baseball full-time in 1998. That year the Oakland A’s had a promotion where kids can attend games for 98 cents. Add onto the amazing home run chase and baseball was my love.
But during all of that, there was this one man quietly making waves. Tony Gwynn wasn’t hitting home runs, but slapping singles left and right. That Padres team would make it to the World Series that year. And all the talk I can remember was how Gwynn was so deserving of a title.