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 Post subject: A CLASS ACT - A Classy Guy
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2001 6:53 am 
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There's no way I can make this about dance - so I won't try.<P>It's about a baseball player, Tony Gwynn. He announced his coming retirement at the end of this season, after 20 wonderful years.<P>He comes from San Diego State University - and was drafted into the San Diego Padres organization. And here he has stayed. No amount of monetary inducements ever tempted him to leave his hometown and his home team. He has only played for the Padres. He could have made a lot more money than he has made - if he had accepted any of the many other offers made to him. But that's not his way.<P>He's a sure bet for the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Eight National League Batting titles, 5 Golden Gloves. Well over 3000 hits (got that in 1999). In twenty years he never hit below 300. One year he probably would have ended up above 400 (he was at .394) but the baseball strike intervened.<P>At spring training, he is always the first to arrive and start practicing his swing. He never misses batting practice even when he is on the disabled list. He tapes all of his 'at bats' - so he can study what is happening. <P>But above all that - he is a sweet guy. Has never been accused of not having time for the fans who seek him out. He is known in this city for his many charitable activities and very much beloved.<P>He wants to become the baseball coach at SDSU - where it all began - when he retires.<P>Tony - thanks for the fun....!! Love ya.


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