Baseball world honors Gwynn, rallies around Padres (VIDEO)
Jun 16, 2014 at 11:40a ET
UPDATE (12:30 a.m. ET):
The reaction around baseball to Tony Gwynn’s death was swift on Monday morning, with players, coaches, fans, announcers — even MLB itself — taking to social media to share their condolences and memories of "Mr. Padre," and to announce tributes to the Hall of Famer and Padres great.
And as day turned to night, focus shifted from Twitter and Facebook to dugouts and baseball fields — and there the tributes continued, from fields in Detroit and Seattle to outside Petco Park in San Diego.
Even the announcer's booth at Dodger Stadium of all places was filled with emotion, as fellow Hall of Famer and perhaps Gwynn's biggest fan outside of San Diego, Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, remembered his friend as only Vinny can.
Then the rest of Dodger Stadium joined Scully:
In Detroit, the Tigers paid tribute to Gwynn and his famed “5.5 hole” — the spot between shortstop and third base through which so many of his 3,141 hits traveled — etched into the appropriate spot on the infield dirt:
Back in Gwynn’s home of San Diego, fan came out to their hero’s statue at the Padres’ home park to pay their respects:
Fans gather at the Tony Gwynn 'Mr. Padre' statue outside Petco Park after learning of the Hall of Famer's death on Monday.
A Tony Gwynn fan leaves this baseball at Gwynn's statue outside Petco Park. Gwynn wore No. 19 with the Padres.
But nowhere were the remembrances more emotional than at Safeco Field in Seattle, where the Padres took the field against the Mariners.
Prior to Monday's game between the Padres and host Mariners, the grounds crew at Safeco Field in Seattle etched Gwynn's No. 19 into the infield between third base and shortstop, the '5.5 hole' through which Gwynn got so many of his hits.
A young fan at Safeco Field holds up a sign remembering Gwynn on Monday night.
Members of the San Diego Padres observe a moment of silence in remembrance of Gwynn prior to Monday's game in Seattle.
Above all else, Tony Gwynn was known for three things — hitting, San Diego and that laugh. And it was because of all three that Gwynn carved out a Hall of Fame career, being known by many as the greatest hitter since Ted Williams, garnering the nickname "Mr. Padre," and earning the respect and love of baseball fans around the country.
As news of his death at age 54 after a battle with cancer made its way through social media on Monday morning, the reaction and tributes were just as swift:
Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor. I'm gonnamiss u so much pops. I'm gonnado everything in my power to continue to...— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) June 16, 2014
Make u proud!— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) June 16, 2014
Love u pops!— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) June 16, 2014
RIP....Tony Gwynn. Thank you for your friendship. Aztec Legend!!! #AFL— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) June 16, 2014
I wore the #19 Tony Gwynn San Diego State jersey to events to show my appreciation for our Greatest Alum we have. RIP pic.twitter.com/8CyvO1rGon— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) June 16, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to Tony Gwynns family. Baseball lost a great one today but he will never be forgotten. RIP TONY GWYNN— Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_44) June 16, 2014
Our hearts are with the @Padres and family of Tony Gwynn, one of the game's all-time great hitters. RIP.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 16, 2014
Sad day in baseball..We lost one of the greatest hitters that ever played! Tony Gwynn you will be missed by many! Prayers out to his family!— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) June 16, 2014
Today we lost a great baseball player today one that was awesome to watch and hear about. The great Tony Gwynn. Prayers with him and family— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) June 16, 2014
Wow. Sad to hear of the passing of Tony Gwynn. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of the baseball family.— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn not only was one of the all-time great players, but also one of the all-time great people. RIP— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 16, 2014
We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 16, 2014
We lost one of the greatest hitters that ever played! Tony Gwynn you will be missed by many! Prayers out to his family!” #RIP— Jermaine dye (@JermaineDye) June 16, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony Gwynn Jr. and his family during this difficult time.— Phillies (@Phillies) June 16, 2014
RIP Aztec baseball coach, Tony Gwynn. You will be missed. http://t.co/l4YNsMaEOe— SDSU College of Biz (@SDSU_Business) June 16, 2014
Sad to hear about Tony Gwynn. One of my favorite players of all time and a class guy. #RIP— Jimmer Fredette (@jimmerfredette) June 16, 2014
#tonygwynn Toughest hitter I ever had to play defense against. Great player who never got credit for his defensive skills that he was— Ozzie Smith (@STLWizard) June 16, 2014
RIP Tony Gwynn. Little-known fact: Also star on SDSU's basketball team as PG (love the hair). pic.twitter.com/5tTJ1ZB8TC— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) June 16, 2014
RIP Tony Gwynn. Not only was he one of the greatest hitters of all time. He was also a great competitor and a great person.— Barry Larkin (@BLarkin_ESPN) June 16, 2014
We lost one of the greatest athletes ever today, Mr.SanDiego, Tony Gwynn is in a better place today. Thoughts & Prayers are with his family— LaDainian Tomlinson (@LT_21) June 16, 2014