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Memories of 'Mr. Padre': Reactions to death of Tony Gwynn

The loss of Tony Gwynn already is being felt around baseball, with condolences and memories pouring out over social media and other outlets. Mr. Padre definitely made an impact on many of the contemporary players in the majors.

Noting that Bob Welch (who also recently died) had the only three-strikeout game against Gwynn, former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden said:

 

Braden's former teammate Josh Reddick echoed a common sentiment:

 

In two tweets, Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies explained what it was like to seek advice from one of the masters:

 

A cancer survivor himself, Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester's tweet was poignant simply because he cared enough to send it:

 

Along those lines, Brandon Snyder mentioned smokeless tobacco, which might have contributed to Gwynn's death. Gwynn suspected that it did.

 

Huston Street, a current member of the Padres, gave the San Diego point of view on Gwynn's passing:

 

Bill Hall put into context part of what is lost with Gwynn's death:

 

Juan Pierre feels like many who grew up appreciating Gwynn do right now:

 

Yonder Alonso of the Padres feels the loss in a personal way:

 

As with Pierre and others of a certain age, Pat Neshek of the St. Louis Cardinals feels the loss of an idol, like he did after Kirby Puckett — another great player from the 1980s and early '90s — died.

 

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