Tony Gwynn Jr. Receives Standing Ovation in First Game Since Father's Passing

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 24:  Tony Gwynn Jr. #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies tips his cap after receiving a standing ovation from the crowd in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins on June 24, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia fans often get a bad rap for being too hard on players, but the fans at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night made sure that Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. felt loved in his first game back since his father, Tony Gwynn, passed away last week.

Gwynn Jr. was sent up to pinch hit in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins. As Gwynn Jr. got ready to step into the batter's box, Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia went out to the mound so Phillies fans could give one of their own a standing ovation:

Great move by the fans and by Salty.

On Wednesday morning, Gwynn Jr. let the fans know that he appreciated the gesture: 

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