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  • Tony Gwynn Jr. starts in San Diego three months after his dad's death

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew7 hrs ago

    One of the loudest ovations Tuesday night at Petco Park went to a member of the visiting team. 

    Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg ensured that when he inserted the son of San Diego's most beloved athlete into his lineup

    Tony Gwynn Jr. started in centerfield and hit leadoff against the Padres three months to the day after his 54-year-old father lost a four-year battle with cancer. It was the younger Gwynn's first plate appearance in his hometown since May 2012 when he was a member of the Dodgers.

    Though Gwynn went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Padres, that surely didn't detract too much from a special night. The crowd greeted him with a hearty ovation before his first at-bat and fans in the bleachers greeted him with chants of "Tony! Tony! Tony!" when he jogged to the outfield before the bottom of the first inning. 

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