Today is Tony Gwynn‘s 54th birthday.
*I’m old. No, seriously, I’m really old now.
Allow me to tell you a funny story that involved Tony and my brother, Mark.
Back on August 4, 1993, my mom & brother were going to Jack Murphy Stadium to watch the Padres take on the Giants. I was working that night, so I was unable to go with them. My brother, attempting to get a rise out of me, proposed a bet around whether or not Clark would outhit Tony that night. I decided to one-up his bet. I counter-offered that not only would Tony outhit Clark, he would also go 5 for 5 that night. If I was correct, my brother would have to buy me the Gwynn Topps rookie card from 1983, the only one I didn’t have at the time. If I was incorrect, nothing would happen.
Wouldn’t you know it, Tony went 6 for 7 that night against the legendary Greg Brummett, with his only out coming with a lineout in his 3rd at-bat to — of all people — Clark at 1B. Son of a b–…
The next morning, as I perused the box score in the paper, my mom told me about how my brother let out a gasp as Tony hit that liner, held his breath ever so slightly, and let out a sigh of relief as Clark caught the ball.
Suffice it to say, I didn’t get that Topps rookie card until I bought it some time later.
Oh, well. It’s makes a pretty good story.
So, happy birthday, Tony! Get well soon.
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