Today is Tony Gwynn‘s 54th birthday.

I can hardly believe Tony is 54.  It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in Jack Murphy Stadium (notice I didn’t say Qualcomm?) watching him battle Willie McGee or Will Clark for a batting title.*

*I’m old.  No, seriously, I’m really old now.

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Allow me to tell you a funny story that involved Tony and my brother, Mark.

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Thirty years ago tomorrow, the Padres beat the Cardinals, 10-0, at Jack Murphy Stadium (box | pbp). Eric Show went the distance, scattering seven hits en route to his fourth win of the season and the 15th of his career. You already know that he went on to win 100 games as a member of the Padres, becoming the only pitcher in history to do so, but there was another hero that Wednesday evening in Mission Valley.

His name is Mario Ramírez, and you are forgiven for not remembering him. Taken from the Mets in the 1980 Rule 5 draft, the man known as “Ñato” spent parts of five seasons in San Diego, mostly doing very little. But on May 4, 1983, he had the game of his life. Read More…