The San Diego State University baseball team opened its season on Friday night, and though the usual excitement and optimism that fills the air prior to a season opener was clearly apparent, there was also a feeling of emptiness and sadness. For the first time since 2003, the program is entering a season without its teacher, and its leader and its driving force, Tony Gwynn.
Gwynn, who died last June 16 after a long battle with cancer, was arguably the school's most accomplished athlete. Of course, we all know of his baseball prowess, but he was also a skilled playmaker on the basketball court. In fact, he went to SDSU to play basketball, spending all four of his years on the hoops squad.
For the past 12 season though, Gwynn served as the head baseball coach at his alma mater. A position, challenge and responsibility he relished as much, if not more than his days on the field, and a job that allowed him to give back toRead More »from Tony Gwynn has second number retired at San Diego State