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What they’re saying about the passing of Tony Gwynn

Jun 16, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT


As soon as the news broke about the passing of the great Tony Gwynn a tremendous outpouring of emotion and admiration flooded baseball’s corner of the Internet. Here is a sampling of some of the sentiment from the past few minutes:


  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Here’s what I’m saying. 54 is WAY too young. Damm Tobacco. I didn’t know Tony Gwynn but I’ll miss him. Legendary player and a great family man. RIP.

    • csbanter - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Thumbs up @mybrunoblog

  2. chargrz - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Sad day here in San Diego. R.I.P. Mr. Padre.

  3. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    sad day, i was always a big fan of him. hopefully the thumb downers stay out of this one. RIP.

  4. sdelmonte - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Never struck out against Maddux…that is the best thing. RIP, Tony.

    • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Which leads to Maddux’s comment

      Tony Gwynn was the best pure hitter I ever faced! Condolences to his family.— greg maddux (@gregmaddux) June 16, 2014

  5. jjschiller - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    When we know a guy is dying of cancer, why do we wait until he’s gone before we do these things?

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Ummm because they’re still alive? Maybe we don’t want to eulogize people while they still draw breath. Get a clue dude.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Ummm… maybe it would be nice for people to tell folks WHILE they’re living what they think of them… before they, you know, die…

        Now, all we may do is tell each other and NOT Mr. Gwynn.

        Get a clue dude.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Now of exactly what shortage of compliments and expressions of admiration for Tony Gwynn while he was alive are you aware?

      • auminer96 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        When I was in high school and playing in the summer fast pitch softball league, we found out that the wife of one of the opposing team’s coaches was terminally ill. My mom immediately sent her a big bouquet of flowers and very nice letter telling her how much she had enjoyed seeing her on the softball fields over the past years, etc. The lady died just a couple months later. Her kids told us then that their mom was just thrilled with my mom’s letter. She wasn’t insulted by it…she knew she was going to die very soon…instead she was touched that someone was thinking about her.

  6. shawndc04 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Isn’t it possible to deactivate the thumbs up/down icon in cases where someone dies?

  7. rawdog2013 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    My favorite baseball player – rest in peace sir

  8. historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Some new pudgy guy just slapped a single off me.— Old Hoss Radbourn (@OldHossRadbourn) June 16, 2014

  9. puckyou14 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Tony’s numbers were amazing. one of the greats no doubt. His attitude and how humble he was is even more amazing. Not only an amazing baseball player but an even more amazing human being.

  10. lyleslindsey - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Reblogged this on lyleslindsey.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    My two favorites?

    “Tony Gwynn struck out 434 times over 9,288 career at-bats. That is not a misprint.”

    “In his 20-year career, Tony Gwynn compiled more plate appearances vs. Greg Maddux than any other pitcher (107). Not once did he strike out.”

    Both are video game stats in my opinion. Unreal.

  12. Old Gator - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    If you were a sentient fan while Tony Gwynn was playing baseball, you didn’t need to be told or reminded to admire him. I certainly knew what he represented when he stepped to the plate against the Feesh back then and when he got on base or drove in his teammates it was as inevitable an occurrence as that the wind would blow. Even so, I didn’t really quite understand the extent of his dedication, his focus, his willpower until I read the superb chapter of George Wills’ indispensable baseball book Men at Work which was devoted to him. This would be an excellent time for anyone who admired him and saw him play to pick up that book and read that chapter.

    • nbjays - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Thanks for the reminder, Gator. I have Men at Work, and haven’t read it in a few years. Perhaps this is a good time to correct that oversight.

  13. granadafan - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    RIP Tony Gwynn. Many kids emulated his swing and admired his tenacity. I admit I had no idea he was ill and am truly sad to learn of his passing.

  14. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Never struck out against Pedro

  15. whatacrocker - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    I was wondering all morning how The Iron Sheik would respond to this news. And now I know.

  16. wahoo21 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Heaven just got their #2 hitter in the lineup….the best I ever saw

    RIP Tony

    Baseball just lost one of the true greats.

  17. nbjays - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    The best quote I have seen yet is on the tribute to Tony Gwynn on his Baseball-Reference page:

    “You were a better person than you were a hitter, and you were the best hitter this generation has seen.”

  18. thomas844 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Some of these stats being put out about Gwynn are simply unbelievable and likely to never be duplicated again.

    And yet, I really hope Gwynn’s kind, giving throughout his life nature shines through all of those amazing stats when people talk about his life. May he rest in peace.

  19. hittfamily - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Shedding tears today for a man I never knew.


  20. ptfu - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I remember when Tony Gwynn faced David Wells in the 1998 World Series in Yankee Stadium. Gwynn had two hits off Wells that night. One was the famous towering bomb off the upper deck facade. Wells was okay with it, he knew he made a bad pitch and Gwynn did what good hitters do to mistakes.

    Gwynn’s other hit was a single, and Wells was PISSED about it. I believe he yelled at Gwynn in frustration as he was running to first. Wells felt he made a perfect pitch, a pitcher’s pitch, and he couldn’t understand how someone could smack it for a hit. Gwynn of course just laughed that laugh of his.

    THAT was Tony Gwynn. A good pitcher made a great pitch, and Gwynn still smacked it for a hit.

  21. Barb Caffrey - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Tony Gwynn was a fantastic hitter. There’s no question about that.

    Gwynn was kind-hearted and thoughtful and knew baseball and understood hitting better than anyone since Ted Williams — but being a family man and caring about people and making the world a better place was far more important to him. He loved baseball, yes, but he also loved life itself.

    It seems wrong that such a big-hearted person is dead at 54. It’s hard to comprehend why this is — yes, he had cancer and that was awful, and he fought hard for four years. And the body does wear out, true enough.

    But it still seems wrong.

    I hope it gives his family comfort that so many people who knew Gwynn cared about him, along with those like me who never met him, but admired him from afar for more than just his prowess with a baseball bat.

  22. bornahawker - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Base Hits all over the world today. Rip Tony G.

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