The outpouring of love, honor, and respect towards Tony Gwynn throughout Major League Baseball over the past few days has been astounding. As Padres fans, we all knew what an amazing man Gwynn was and we were lucky to have experienced his presence in San Diego for so long. But as we all know, his legacy goes far beyond the borders of America's Finest City beyond the Padres / San Diego fanbase, and that reality has never been more evident than we've seen since Monday morning.
Aside from the thousands of tweets, Facebook posts, articles, and online video tributes to Mr. Padre, teams throughout the league honored our fallen Friar on the field.
Moments of silence were observed in several stadiums to pay respect to Gwynn:
A moment of silence at Safeco Field as we remember Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn. pic.twitter.com/MFuXUpIR3l— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) June 17, 2014
Dodger Stadium observes a moment of silence for Tony Gwynn following a video tribute by Vin Scully: pic.twitter.com/mlXBdnsDWu— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 17, 2014
Chase Field observes a moment of silence in remembrance of Tony Gwynn. pic.twitter.com/tfyAbCRxgz— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 17, 2014
Some teams went further, with special markings on the field. And this wasn't limited to the majors, but minor league teams as well:
A special tribute to Tony Gwynn can be found in the 5.5 hole tonight. pic.twitter.com/cLq8DX0BAT— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) June 17, 2014
Rest in Peace Tony!!! Baseball lost one the greats today!! You will always be "Mr. Padre". pic.twitter.com/PmmSsaNrmy— San Antonio Missions (@missionsmilb) June 16, 2014
Red Sox organist Josh Kantor honored Gwynn with an organ rendition of Tom Waits' "San Diego Serenade."
Top of the 2nd inning: "San Diego Serenade" in loving memory of the great Tony Gwynn.— Josh Kantor (@jtkantor) June 16, 2014
And there were touching video tributes to one of the greatest players and men the sport has ever known:
“A great player, but more than that, a wonderful human being.” -Vin Scully on Tony Gwynn. Watch: http://t.co/hDt4cb6zl0— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 17, 2014
Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Davey Lopes, Tim Wallach and Chone Figgins reflect on the life of Tony Gwynn. Watch: http://t.co/7uL2qe5wj4— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 17, 2014
The continuing effort from teams, players, and fans to show respect and tribute to our beloved Mr. Padre have helped us all get through this difficult time. There looks to be no end in sight to the impact he has on the sport. Regardless of team allegiances and fan rivalries, Gwynn's legacy remains unifying in the baseball community.