The Life & Legacy of Tony Gwynn—Part 2: “A Timely Triple”
By Matt Ginella
Tony Gwynn played 20 seasons for the San Diego Padres, ending his career with 3,141 hits, eight batting titles and five Gold Gloves. In episode one of this tribute series on the life and legacy of “Mr. Padre,” and with the help of with the help of a panel of Hall of Fame pitchers and hitters, we reflected on some incredible stats and anecdotes that made Gwynn’s career so memorable. Throughout his two decades in San Diego, Gwynn passed up more lucrative offers to play for teams in bigger markets that might’ve had a better chance at winning a World Series.
But as much as Gwynn loved his city and his team, when his son prevented the Padres from clinching a playoff spot with a timely triple, Gwynn celebrated like a man who always put family first. In episode two of this tribute series, we spend time with Tony Gwynn, Jr. and get his reflections on what it was like growing up as the son of a legend. “Little T” also talks movingly about the role his mom played in his father’s success and the responsibility of representing the family name. And we hear in vivid detail about the day in which Junior’s worlds collided, creating a defining memory for the Gwynn family.