I had the distinct privilege of representing a great man, Tony Gwynn for close to 30 years.
To Alicia, Anthony, Anisha, Mrs. Gwynn, Charles, Chris and the entire Gwynn Family, our hearts and prayers go out to you. Tony loved you so much, I can’t imagine the loss you feel at this time but I do know your family, friends and this entire community are here for you.
What an incredible friend Tony was, he was the true definition of a friend; he was honest, loyal, generous and supportive. In life you have so many acquaintances but very few true friends. I was blessed to experience that type of friendship with Tony, he touched so many people and I was just lucky to be one of them. I met Tony in the early 80s while working at GMG, which turned into a day that changed my life forever. Tony and Alicia Came to my office and asked if I would be Tony’s agent. It was the fastest yes that ever crossed my lips, a dream come true, incredible.
That privilege created so many memories over the years and I am not talking about the obvious ones, 3,000 hits, 8 batting titles, World Series, All Star Games, and the Hall of Fame. I am talking about the simple memory of just being around Tony Gwynn, the person, the man. He was so much more than the incredible statistics he accumulated.
Tony’s work ethic was incredible, he was always conscious of perfecting his craft… Believe it or not, he would go 4-4 and feel that his swing wasn’t right and then he would go 0-4 and feel like he was locked in. Tony was always striving to be better.
And then there was Tony’s humility, it was so apparent when he was waiting for the call from the Hall of Fame. I could not understand with all Tony had achieved why he was so nervous, it was as if he thought that the call wouldn’t come. I said “Tony, this is a slam dunk.” And he turned to me and said “you never know.” Well that was typical Tony; he never took anything for granted.
Tony, thank you for your incredible loyalty, for all of the memories and one of the truest friendships anyone could wish for.
I can tell you during Tony’s career there were many teams that would have loved to have him in their lineup, but he would say, “I’m not going anywhere, this is where I belong and San Diego is home.”
To the Fans, he loved you and appreciated you more than I can convey into words. He loved the city of San Diego, he loved being an Aztec, and he most definitely loved being a PADRE! He was and always will be Mr. Padre!
We will always remember you, T.
- John Boggs
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