San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres fans gave Tony Gwynn Jr. a standing ovation in his first game in San Diego since the passing of Tony Gwynn earlier this season.
Tony Gwynn Jr. lead off for the Philadelphia Phillies last night and received a warm ovation from the San Diego Padres fans.
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Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. in an interview with Todd Zolecki of MLB.com expressed his feelings on returning to Petco Park and seeing his fathers statue beyond the batter’s eye.
"“I knew that San Diego was coming up,” Gwynn Jr. said. “I look at the schedule and I always look to see when you’re going to play the Padres because how many times do you get to stay in your house during the season? You look forward to it.“I mean, prior to my dad’s passing it was a statue I knew I could go see at any time,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s obviously an honor to have a statue of your dad, but at the time it was just that. It was a statue that I could go see at any time. I could get in the car and drive 25 minutes and come see it. But obviously now there’s a little more significance behind it. I’m sure before this series ends I’ll get out there and check it out.”"
It was a very classy move by the Phillies to give Tony Gwynn Jr. the start and allow him to receive love from the fans of San Diego.