Last Monday, San Diego lost the greatest professional athlete in its history when Tony Gwynn passed away.
I was driving home around 11pm that night listening to sports radio to hear what they were saying about Tony. Certainly a player as committed as he was to a city (20 years as a Padre!) would draw good commentary and reflection.
And with a deep sports-radio voice, the host said, "We're taking your calls to hear your Tony Gwynn stories." I never call radio stations, but I went for it.
I briefly talked about how I grew up around here and went to Padres games with my family at Jack Murphy, Qualcomm, and Petco. But I really called to talk about how I won a contest to interview any Padre for the Padres Magazine in August 1998, and of course, I picked Gwynn.
The impression he left on me was true professionalism and authenticity. He spent way more than his allotted 20 minutes with me. He didn't have to, but he did. He was in no rush, and after I was done asking him questions, he started asking me questions!
I'd brought a good handful of things to be signed (hard not to do when you know you'll be sitting with a Hall of Famer), and he took his time signing all of them. There wasn't any scribbling going on. These were beautiful, clear, and sincere autographs.
The radio commentators (clearly having muted me at this point) went on to say what I totally agreed with: Tony got it. He was a true professional.
Tony left a great mark on professional sports, and San Diego. Anyone who crossed paths with him here knows how lucky they were to watch him in action.
UPDATE: Watch the ceremony from before last night's Padres game honoring Tony.
Hope you all had an awesome Labor Day weekend!
- SerialBox Presents: Season 2 released last week and we are so excited to have it out. All of the sessions turned out really great, and here is a peak of Noah Gundersen's:
Speaking of football, the team Stephen works on at VOX Media (The Verge, SB Nation) is killing it. The design of this College Football preview is fantastic, and I especially like what they had to say about Baylor Football.
Last but not least, thanks to everyone who "liked" the photo I posted on Facebook over the last week for the Hughes Marino contest. We won and will be sitting in the front section at the Padres game tonight. Look for me on TV!
(Photo by Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters. From The Big Picture.)
Hard to believe that the Olympics end on Sunday! We've thoroughly enjoyed watching along with the world. Usain Bolt is a beast. And can you imagine if he actually ended up playing for Manchester United?
You may have seen this floating around the internet this week, but the New York Times put out a really interesting look at the history of medalists in the 100-meter sprint.
Check out Lacey's new favorite blog: mckaylaisnotimpressed.tumblr.com
I was encouraged when I heard these words this week: "God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves." -A.W. Tozer
Talk about brutal taxes. This could drive France insane, or a lot of people out of there.
Mumford & Sons are back! It is exciting to hear this song in anticipation for the rest to follow.
- Last but not least, happy birthday to my Dad! So thankful to be your son.
- Celebrating the 4th of July on Wednesday was a blast. We had an incredibly low key day, and we loved it. And although we didn't see it in person, this San Diego fireworks display made national news. How do you think it felt to be the guy that hit the wrong button?!
The Padres, as of this moment, happen to be baseball's hottest team by winning 6 in a row! (I wonder how long it will last.)
Lacey and I have really loved the new Trent Dabbs record this week.
Have a great weekend!
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