The Lake Elsinore Storm announced today that the SDSU Aztecs and USD Toreros will play a baseball game at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore on Thursday, February 25th at 6:00pm.

“I am proud to have the Lake Elsinore Storm and their beautiful ballpark involved in the inaugural Tony Gwynn Week events. The spectacular job the Storm staff did hosting the 2015 NCAA Regionals makes this venue an immediate player in the world of college baseball.”
Jack Murray, Tony Gwynn Classic founder and director

The game will act as a tuneup game for the inaugural Tony Gwynn Classic — a tournament featuring SDSU, Bryant University, University of Kentucky, UC Santa Barbara, USD, University of Nebraska, Tulane University, and Arizona University — being held February 26-28 at both schools. The teams will be split into two four-team brackets and the winners will meet in the championship game on Sunday, February 28 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Tickets for the Tony Gwynn Classic can be purchased at their website.

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SDSUGwynnThe San Diego State University baseball team plan on honoring Tony Gwynn in quite a few different ways this season. A while back, they announced plans to wear a “TG: Aztec for Life” patch all season long on their jerseys. Also, the team will be receiving their 2014 Mountain West Championship rings at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Wyoming on Wednesday, February 11th (8PM) at Viejas Arena. Tony’s daughter Anisha, will sing the National Anthem and the Gwynn family will lead the “I believe” chant before the game. Gwynn #24 basketball shirts will be handed out to the first 2500 students at that game as well.

Then according to their recent press release:

” San Diego State will honor the memory of Tony Gwynn during its season-opening weekend as it hosts Valparaiso for the three-game series Feb. 13-15. Among the events planned are the retirement of Gwynn’s No. 19 SDSU jersey, an Aztecs vs. Cancer event and a tribute to SDSU’s Golden Spikes Award winners Stephen Strasburg and Travis Lee. “

That’s right. Gwynn’s number will be retired on Friday, February 13th at Tony Gwynn Stadium. You’d better jump on those tickets, as they are sure to go fast. Ted Leitner will emcee the event and commemorative TG pins will be handed out to the first 1,500 fans. New artwork behind the right field wall will also be unveiled showcasing the teams two Golden Spikes winners, Strasburg and Lee, along with Gwynn.

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No this post isn’t about the musical group who brought the slow jams to the masses in the 80’s & 90’s, this is about Tony Gwynn. As you know I come up with stupid blog post titles.

I’ve only posted a few Gwynn items so far. The street banner, poster, Russian Nesting Dolls & Carlos Delgado‘s his McFarlane figures. Since I was a kid Tony has always been my favorite player of all-time, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have quite the extensive Gwynn collection. So let’s take a look at some of them….CAUTION: Bobbleheads are on the horizon!

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On Friday, February 15th, the University of San Diego Toreros officially opened the doors (turnstiles?) to Fowler Park. Padres Public was on hand to root root root for the home teams, with one writer providing the unique perspective of being a proud USD alumnus, and the other as…well…a San Diegan who likes collegiate baseball.

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Ron Fowler tells Tony Gwynn to suck it. Allegedly.

Fox Sports San Diego is going to televise the first games ever played at the new Fowler Park at the University of San Diego Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th. These games will determine once and for all* who has the greatest college baseball team in San Diego County: the USD Toreros or the SDSU Aztecs.

*And by once and for all, I mean until next year when they play this annual series again.

Both games are starting at 6:00 pm, with Friday’s game featuring an hour-long pregame special hosted by Andy Masur. That show will feature in-depth looks at the construction of Fowler Park and a tribute to Ron Fowler.

The play-by-play for both games will be handled by Mike Pomeranz and Mark Sweeney, with newcomer Kelly Crull reporting from the dugouts. So it’s sort of a preview for this Padres season.

So set your DVRs or your VCRs, if you can’t watch it live or be there in person.

Of course, if you have Time Warner Cable, go to a friend’s house or a bar, because you’re screwed.

You can read the official press release here.

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