For the remainder of the 2014 season and possibly beyond, the San Diego Padres will wear patches on their jerseys and batting practice caps to honor the late Tony Gwynn.
The patch is classy and simple, a fitting tribute to the man now known as Mr. Padre. You can see a photo of it below, courtesy of the San Diego Padres team Twitter account:
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 18, 2014
Teams, players, and writers alike across the league honored Gwynn in different ways this week after his passing on Monday. Given his continued presence in San Diego and the incredible impact he had on the Padres’ franchise and that community, it is only fitting that their tribute will continue for a while yet.
The team also showed a video tribute on the scoreboard at Petco Park.
Petco Park scoreboard, ready for tonight. pic.twitter.com/nKOYEicefn
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) June 18, 2014
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) June 19, 2014
Gwynn was truly one of a kind. He was a player and a person who kept those around him grounded. He connected them to a previous era in baseball’s history and brought the best out of so many people. He was a constant reminder of what it looks like when somebody genuinely appreciates the opportunities that baseball has given them.
It might not be possible to embody all of that in these various tributes, or in words, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. These gestures from the Padres’ franchise are just right.