Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tom Friend: Tony Gwynn used fear as motivation

In late April, I surprised him at the hospital. He was in a wheelchair. His hair was fully gray. He couldn’t open his right eye. He could only halfway open his mouth. He was on oxygen. The purest hitter of our generation was dying.

You can’t prepare yourself for that. Not when you knew him like I did. I was a rookie Padres beat writer in 1985; he’d won his first batting title in 1984. I knew him when his vision was 20-10, when he considered 1-for-4 a bad day at the office, when he used to write “5.5 hole” on his cleats. That day in the hospital, I would have done anything to see a young Tony Gwynn again. And then I looked down at his feet. He was wearing his old baseball shower shoes. On them was his scribbled number: 19. He was 19 to the end.

Ex-Padres beat writer visits dying Gwynn… my eyes must be smelling the smoke from the wood of a bat burning.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 17, 2014 at 01:16 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rip, tony gwynn

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
HowardMegdal
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMinnie Minoso Passes Away
(17 - 11:47pm, Mar 01)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogSunday Notes: Valentine on Hamilton, Acta & Keri on the Expos, Leathersich, more
(15 - 11:29pm, Mar 01)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogDodgers going organic this season
(32 - 11:11pm, Mar 01)
Last: Jim (jimmuscomp)

NewsblogESPN: Switch-Pitcher Venditte The Talk Of A's Camp
(7 - 10:29pm, Mar 01)
Last: Al Kaline Trio

Hall of Merit2016 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(84 - 9:44pm, Mar 01)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogThe career paths of Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto |
(21 - 9:33pm, Mar 01)
Last: Arbitol Dijaler

NewsblogOTP - March: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(47 - 9:32pm, Mar 01)
Last: Curse of the Andino

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - February 2015
(1243 - 8:46pm, Mar 01)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogAlex Rodriguez Attends First-Base School, but a Key Item Is Absent
(17 - 8:10pm, Mar 01)
Last: Poster Nutbag

NewsblogWith Upton out, Braves can get good look at CF options | Atlanta Braves blog
(11 - 7:50pm, Mar 01)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogPhillies newcomer Francoeur becoming Howard's biggest fan
(2 - 7:46pm, Mar 01)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogWho Is Responsible For A Called Strike?
(9 - 7:42pm, Mar 01)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogSeveral aces may need to adjust to a low zone loss. | SportsonEarth.com
(11 - 6:09pm, Mar 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(640 - 6:08pm, Mar 01)
Last: Chokeland Bill

NewsblogPlayers union sees potential bargaining issue with Cubs-like spending restrictions | Chicago
(16 - 6:01pm, Mar 01)
Last: Walt Davis

Page rendered in 0.1503 seconds
46 querie(s) executed