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Tony Gwynn’s Last Saturday Without Football News and Views


Well, we have officially made it through the summer doldrums and are now on the cusp of football season which kicks off this Thursday and in earnest next Saturday. It was a tough summer on my childhood and one that reminded me that as the older I get, the faster the years go by.  From the Hall of Fame inductions of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Bobby Cox, three mainstays of the great Atlanta Braves teams of the 90’s and early 2000’s, to the deaths of Pete Van Wieren, the color commentator on those Braves broadcasts on TBS, and Robin Williams who was at the peak of his career during my childhood.

But nothing hit me harder this summer than the death of one of the greatest baseball players (and human beings) of all time.  Gwynn was mainstay on my TV when I first started watching baseball, showing up on WGN or TBS when the Padres came to Chicago or Atlanta or when the Cubs and Braves went out west.

A two sport star at San Diego State, Gwynn was drafted by the hometown Padres in the third round of the 1981 MLB draft (he was also drafted in the 10th round of the NBA draft by the then San Diego Clippers on the same day) and played all 20 season of his career for the same team, a rarity in the free agent era.

He was one of the greatest hitters of all time, batting .338 for his career, and led the league in average eight times including .394 in the strike shortened 1994 season that denied him a chance at being the first player to hit .400 since Ted Williams in 1941.

The accolades speak for themselves.  He was a fifteen time All-Star, won seven Silver Sluggers, five Gold Gloves and was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame with 97.6% of the vote on his first ballot in 2007.  Gwynn was a pioneer of video analysis, often breaking down tapes of his swing frame by frame to see if he started his swing too early or too late by a fraction of a second.

But beyond the hits and awards, Gwynn was simply a great person with a great laugh and infectious smile who cared deeply about the game of baseball and all of those who loved it.  So before we turn the page from baseball to football season, let’s all take a moment to say one last farewell to Mr. Padre.

On to the News…

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins Make Team USA’s Final Roster

Two of the BBN’s favorite big men are heading to Spain to represent the Red, White, and Blue in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.  The final roster was announced early this morning after Team USA’s final tuneup against Puerto Rico last night in New York.  Yes, Mason Plumlee still made the team but fortunately, not at the expense of Boogie.


Damien Harris Impressed in Season Opener

The top running back in the country literally hit the ground running in the first week of the season last night with 123 yards and two long touchdown runs in a weather shortened game.  After the game he answered several UK related questions with Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.  

Cal’s Fantasy Camp Rolls On. 

Coach Cal’s Fantasy completed day two without too much fuss.  The biggest news of the day came when KSR’s Dean Bowling confirmed that the Harrison Twins do in fact wear contacts.


On the serious side, Cal tweeted out that the Fantasy Experience once again raised over a million dollars for charity that will distributed to twenty different organizations.

Kevin Love is a Cleveland Cavalier 

After negotiations that seemed to last all summer, Kevin Love is officially in Cleveland after a three team trade.  The deal was held up by the 30 day waiting period following the Cavs signing of top pick Andrew Wiggins.  Both Wiggins and 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett are going to Minnesota.  The Timberwolves will get  Thaddeus Young and a $6.3 million trade exception from Philadelphia while the 76ers will get Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and a 2015 first-round pick from Minnesota.

T-minus one week to football.


Article written by David Mulloy

26 Comments for Tony Gwynn’s Last Saturday Without Football News and Views

  1. Bryan
    11:23 pm August 23, 2014 Permalink

    Really good read DM!!!

  2. Mark
    12:26 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

    Tony Gwynn claimed the cancer in his salivary gland was the result of his longtime chewing tobacco habit before he passed away at the age of 54. Just another reason for ALL Young People to never fall to the influence and start chewing tobacco. Tony Gwynn did have a Amazing baseball career batting .338 for his career lifetime.

    Other baseball news is Ben Revere who graduated from Lexington Catholic is 2nd in batting in the National Baseball League with a .312 average. He is competing with Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies at the moment who is batting .315. It would be pretty awesome if someone with Kentucky roots won the Major National League Baseball Batting Title!

    • jch67
      6:17 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      “National Baseball League”???

      “Major National League Baseball”???

      In the future, post first, then bourbon; not the other way around! 😉

  3. Gwynn
    12:56 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

    tobacco kills…

  4. Gwynn
    12:58 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

    kentucky, north carolina, should stop tobacco production…

    • Dude
      1:12 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      Wrong forum….

    • colbert
      1:16 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      Dude, why? KSR brought it up…

    • shut it, troll
      3:34 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      Nowhere in the post is tobacco mentioned….

    • Mary Juana
      9:03 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      In time, KY, VA & NC will increase HEMP (non-THC strain) production along with Cannabis. Yes, off sports topic, but dude brought it up. And, its a natural economic and tax revenue enhancer – once accepted/legalized.

    • Dude
      11:23 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      I brought it up? WTF?!?!

    1:29 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

    Stop your belly aching liberals. You want to kill tobacco and coal and make KY a socialist welfare Obama state? Whats next? Probably want horse racing ended. GTFO liberals go to the left coast or northeast and never come back.

    • Matt Jones
      1:47 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      yep! You are catching on, Einstein.

    • Some dude
      3:01 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      The redneck portion of my family, which reside in Eastern (Blackey/Whitesburg) and Southern KY (Corbin), are all “die-hard Republicans”, which is funny to me.

      It’s funny, in a sad, pathetic way, because they are all “on disability”, use “government assistance” and live, rent-free in “income based housing”. Oh, and not to mention the fatherless litters of children….. I have two cousins with a combined 5 children, all from different men.

      Yet they seem to think Democrats – and more importantly (though they never come right out and SAY it; we know they are closet racists) the color of Obama’s skin – are responsible for the demise of America. When we hear them bitching about “no more handouts!!!”, we laugh, because it’s one of those cases of “Be careful what you wish for!”.

      If welfare/government assistance was erased, I know a lot of “Republicans” that would be up shit creek.

    • Rei
      4:16 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      StoopidTroops *

    • Troops is brainwashed
      11:42 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

      Lol, KY has been a socialist state for about 80 years! Coal is being killed by market forces, cheaper alternative fuels, and even countries like China finally trying to end their use of coal as a fuel source due to its harm to people and the environment. News flash…if Romney or McCain were elected, coal would still be dying a slow death. Always cracks me up to see some idiot complain about socialist states, and by inference Obamacare and Medicaid, and then speak out of the other side of their mouth about protecting tobacco, which is a primary cause of health issues, and thus healthcare spending.

    7:37 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

    Im voting for mitch again because he has been senator for 30 years, and yet eastern ky is worse off now then it was when he was elected!

    also im a 10 dollar an hour republican, and all my relatives are on the very goverment assistance mitch wants to do away with, but im ok with mitch, because he dont look like the president!

  7. Blue Redneck
    8:33 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky is like a dinosaur economically because we rely on industries like tobacco. People are finally starting to wake up tobthe fact that it’s patently stupid to use tobacco products. Besides that, dip and chewing tobacco is just plain nasty. Your walking around with a cup spitting that crap like 250 lb grasshopper. Bet you pick up some attractive women like that. Not to mention how you are going to look in 25 years when all your teeth are rotting out and you have to gave your tongue and jawbone removed from oral cancer. Wake up, people.

    • Blake
      10:34 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

      I guess your a vice free angel

  8. Mark Dossey
    9:43 am August 24, 2014 Permalink

    Great story about Gwynn, David. All the political crap aside, great to see a positive baseball article here. And, how about those kids from Chicago in the Little League World Series?

  9. Elvis
    1:57 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

    I would never watch a clip by Keith Olberman, he is the world’ worst human being.

    • Hill
      3:22 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

      I totally agree. Olbermann is the worst kind of “news people”. KSR would do good not to bring him into any story.

  10. Luther
    2:11 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

    Eff Olberman!! I’ve seen more class in a roach…

    He’s the worst person in the World!

  11. KES
    3:32 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

    LOVE keith olberman, he tells it like it is, certain uneducated rednecks tend to not like that!

  12. haha
    4:50 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

    The comments on here make me proud to be from the very well-educated state of KY!!

  13. Geo. K. Stanza
    6:23 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

    Hey, “Some Dude”.

    I hear ya.

    My sibling, through out siblin’gs ENTIRE LIFE, has been THE BIGGEST fokkin welfare recipient known to mankind.

    I thought sibling was channelling Jerry when sibling complained about the ‘GD efn Dems’.


    Classic case of “biting the hand that feeds ya”.

  14. MLB wishes...
    8:50 pm August 24, 2014 Permalink

    MLB wishes that the clock could be turned back to the days when classy and talented players like Tony Gwynn walked to the plate. Watching this year’s All-Star game was one more reminder of how much I miss him, Ozzie, Cal, Joe, and others who honored the game more than their contracts. Along with Rod Carew and George Brett, Tony was the greatest hitter of his era.