For 20 years, Tony Gwynn was the face of the Padres' franchise.
Growing up in San Diego, I idolized No. 19. I'm still bitter about the 1994 strike season. I'm convinced that Gwynn would have hit .400 for the season if he had the whole year (he finished with that year with a .394 batting average).
He played his entire career with the Padres, something that never happens anymore. It was such an incredible moment when he was enshrined into the Hall of Fame with Cal Ripken Jr. They are two guys who typify what sports should be all about.
Needless to say, I was giddy when I heard that San Diego traded Jody Gerut to get Gwynn's kid, Tony Gwynn Jr.
The younger Gwynn hasn't had the same kind of success that his father had yet, but his most recent stint in Triple-A is reason to be optimistic.
In Nashville, he hit .309 with 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts. One of the scouting reports I read on Gwynn said that he is "completely without power."
Sound like anyone we know, Padre fans?
Gwynn has been with the Padres for two games and has already made an impact. In his first game against the Giants, he came on as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth and drew a walk. He scored the winning run on a single by Scott Hairston.
In the 4-0 win against the Cubs, Gwynn got on base twice and scored two runs.
I'm not really sure how Gwynn will pan out as a pro. Frankly, I don't care. As long as he's in the MLB, there's no other place he should be.