Waking up this morning to the news of Tony Gwynn’s passing was tough for everyone in San Diego, as we said goodbye to the athlete who best epitomized his team, class, and the entire city of San Diego. Many people like to say that sports fans root for laundry and that the players beneath the uniform are secondary to the team’s cause. If there ever was an instance where that couldn’t be farther from the truth it was here in San Diego with Gwynn. He personified class, sportsmanship, and dedication to a craft beyond compare. Watching his quest for 3,000 hits was a treasure, one that had an entire city and nation rooting for him. Seeing him consistently baffle opposing pitchers with line drive after line drive to the 5.5 hole (in between the shortstop and the third basemen) brought the city pure joy.
But more then his preternatural hitting ability that brought pitchers to shame, his humility, thoughtfulness, approachable nature, and caring personality made him standout above all of the rest, as a shining example of the best humanity has to offer. His willingness to give back to the community both during and after his playing career is a stark reminder that this man was an entrenched institution that loved San Diego. He coached at San Diego State, spent time with local youth, and was constantly giving his time, money, and energy to causes effecting the city. To leave us at such a young age (Gwynn was 54), is the first time San Diegans have ever been left with anything less then a smile when thinking about Mr. Padre. He is loved and will be missed by the entire community. We honored Tony with some words from our Guest Host Jon Jerotz of Synergy One Lending at the start of today’s show who was joined in studio by Real Estate Agents Elizabeth Story and Brian Curry.
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