Yesterday, in anticipation of his impending induction in Baseball's Hall of Fame, the San Diego Padres honored Tony Gwynn by unveiling this statue. It shows Gwynn doing what he did best: going the other way and finding the '5.5 hole' between third base and short en route to 3,141 career hits and a lifetime .338 average. Not too shabby.

What can I say? I've been a Padres fan since 1984 and Tony Gwynn, who played his entire career with just one team, I've probably seen him bat over 1,000 times, more than any other player. And I've seen him handle good times and bad times with the same resiliency and humor. He's very deserving of all the praise he will receive in the next few weeks.

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