We all knew that this All-Star game was about Derek Jeter. Minnesota knew it. The fans knew it. Even the Red Sox GM John Farrell was expected to set aside time for a Derek Jeter farewell.
Dont get me wrong, Jeter has done a lot of good for baseball. He was a great face for almost 2 decades, and as a Red Sox fan myself, earned respect from me and countless fans across the country. With a career line of .311/.379/.443, whats not to love? Why would we not spend an entire All-Star game praising him?
.338/.388/.459. Those are Tony Gwynn's 20 year career numbers. Same amount of years, better production, and just as important to San Diego as Jeter was to New York. A month ago today, June 16th, 2014, Tony Gwynn lost his battle with cancer. An iconic member of the Padres, he was the only man to ever come close to hitting .400 in recent history.
Where was his memorial? Where was his recognition? This may sound like a Red Sox fan trying to take away from Derek Jeter's moment, but I can assure you its not. This is a baseball fan wanting to see the MLB stand up for its players and recognize them for their lifelong achievements when their life has come to an end, especially for someone who created som much hype during a season when players where damning the MLB.
The same year that Tony Gwynn came close to hitting .400 was during the 1994 players strike that cut the season short, ruining any hope or chance of Gwynn reaching that .400 mark. It was a sad day for baseball, and an even sadder day yesterday when a man who left such an impact on Major League Baseball was forgotten by the very league that he gave 20 years of his 54 year life to.
Thank you, Tony Gwynn, this SB Nation member remembers you and holds your career in the highest regards, even if MLB doesn't.