An Ode to T. Gwynn

In my 26 years in San Diego no local athlete has impressed me more than the late Tony Gwynn. He is sorely missed.

Tony’s accomplishments were a thing of legend. He almost batted .400 the year of the baseball strike. He led the Padres through both of their World Series decimating a great Yankee pitching staff in his last trip to the Series.

What he had not learned from his watchful eye in self videos he picked up in long talks with his dear friend, Ted Williams. There were few pitchers who could minimize his effectiveness. Greg Maddox who mystified most hitters had trouble getting Tony out.

What I will never forget was his equal ability to engage a crowd with his eloquence. Mr Padre, you are irreplaceable.

H. Robert Rubin, best-selling, Amazon memoirist and author of Look Backward Angel, How Did I Get Through This? and Please Save the Third Dance for Me , all available on Amazon.