It's been a tough week for the Gwynn family. Just days after losing his father to cancer, Tony Gwynn Jr. returned to the field on Tuesday night and was reminded of the amazing support Philadelphia fans have for its players and, more specifically, for the legendary Tony Gwynn.
Jr. came up to bat to pinch hit late in the Phillies win over the Miami Marlins, a moment that would have seemed rather insignificant had the events of the last week not taken place.
But as Gwynn Jr. walked to the plate the fans at Citizens Bank Park began to clap and eventually rise out of their seats. The ovation grew louder and Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia recognized what was happening and walked out to the pitcher's mound to give Tony a little more time to soak it all in.
It was pretty special.
CSN's Reuben Frank was in the locker room after the game and wrote all about the moment:
“Needless to say, it was pretty awesome,” Gwynn Jr. said. “Made the at-bat a little more difficult, had to fight the emotion and the tears and stuff like that.
“But that’s why guys who play here like to play here. When things are going well or regardless of whether they’re going bad or good, I think the fans stay behind us. Much appreciated by the Gwynn family.”
Gwynn became rather emotional in the locker room and had to fight back tears as you can see below.
Never has a guy hitting .153 been shown so much love. Nicely done, Philadelphia.