I'll be honest with you. I'm offended by headlines like To Gwynn, Hall was worth the weight and Through thick, thin, Gwynn's a champ. We get it. Gwynn gained weight. He's fat. That's ummm... good stuff, I guess. Real in-depth reporting. Sky, blue. Gwynn, fat.
But then I read this article by Josh Smith from the Frederick News Post, where he truly tributes Gwynn with lines like...
It's going to be a strange day for me. Folks around here will be blabbering on about Cal, when all I want to hear about is Gwynn, Mr. San Diego Padre.
Tony Gwynn is great in the way that truly great things are great. Eight batting titles. Gold gloves. Hit after hit.
Unfortunately, some just see the weight and judge Tony to be the anomaly.
"Oh look at that fat guy. He's a hall of famer? That's remarkable because he's fat."
When really, it should be the other way around.
"Oh look at that guy. He's a hall of famer? That's remarkable, because all he did was show up every day for like 50 years."
Still, Ripken deserves the Hall of Fame, but Gwynn doesn't deserve to be mocked for his weight.