The force is strong with us for Series 4. Last 2 Disney visits snagged two #Wampa #chaser. #vinylmation #starwars #disney #vinyltoys @ms_belvien
It was fun hoarding you, but you must go to a new home. Before the Koston SBs came out these were my favorite Kostons I have ever skated in. @erickoston #esskateboarding #skateboarding #highschooldays #vintageskateshoes @sellingthewind
Addicted @ms_belvien @lajansta #portosbakery #potatoballs #guavacheesestrudel #dulcedelechekisses
I’m not usually a potato person like @ms_belvien, but these are bomb. Thanks for the delicuous breakfast & lunch @jamalistics. #portosbakery #potatoballs
Honoring Mr. Padre tonight. @ms_belvien @roze877 #mrpadre #tonygwynn #sandiego #sdpadres #padres #hittingfriars #petcopark (at Petco Park)
When I was growing up I wasn’t into baseball. The only things I loved watching about baseball was homeruns. My cousin was telling me about how amazing Tony Gwynn was, but I thought to myself that he wasn’t as good as some of the other players because he isn’t a homerun hitter. Then I was schooled by my cousin who broke down statistics and why homerun hitting was awesome but it was overrated. The stats that showed how consistent Tony Gwynn was with hitting was just remarkable. I started paying closer attention to baseball and started to realize that Tony Gwynn was a special kind of athlete. To bat over .400 against 8 Cy Young award winners, and to never strike out against Hall of Famer Greg Maddux is just jaw dropping.
What made him even more special of a person wasn’t just his stats, but how great of a person he was. Nowadays when you see a great athlete approaching free agency you cringe to wait and see where he’s going or what kind of ridiculous contract they will be offered just to stay. Tony Gwynn could have left to a bigger market, but he loved the Padres and the city of San Diego so much he chose to stay because he wanted to win in San Diego. Something that I never knew about him until hearing stories shared by people who were close to him was that he was always willing to sign an autograph, but he always made sure you said “Please” and “Thank You”. He lived his life as a true gentlemen and a role model.
It makes me sad to know that Tony was taken at an early age, but when hearing stories about how great he was it was refreshing to know that he lived a wonderful 54 years touching lives of people regardless if they were a Padres fan or not. Even if you aren’t a die-hard baseball fan, when you hear the name Tony Gwynn you automatically think of greatness. He worked hard perfecting his craft and even when he was no longer playing he became a coach to help the younger generation get better at theirs.
He was truly a rare kind of athlete. He was a genuinely kind person, and it just makes me sad to know that he is no longer with us. The baseball world has lost a legend, the world has lost an amazing person. Rest in Peace Mr. Padre.
#restinpeace #tonygwynn #MrPadre #sdpadres #sandiego (at Petco Park)
Thank you again for the memories and all that you have done for San Diego. You truly are #MrPadre and also #MrSanDiego. #tonygwynn @padres #sandiego #padres #sdpadres @ms_belvien (at Tony Gwynn Statue)