Tonight MLB Network will debut a documentary about Padres and baseball legend Tony Gwynn. As everyone can agree, Gwynn was one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game, and as a pitcher he was one of the most frustrating opponents and toughest outs.
Last night on MLB Tonight, former Major Leaguers and current MLBN analysts John Smoltz and Ron Darling discussed what it was like to face Gwynn. Smoltz talked about how he would "invent" pitches to try to get Gwynn out, remarked that a player like Tony "won't exist again in our game until there's major changes," and recalled a time when Gwynn broke up a no-hitter bid for him. Darling commented on Gwynn's role as a pioneer of video study and reminisced how impossible it was to get Gwynn out.
This morning Gwynn's former teammate and coach, Bruce Bochy, talked to Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo about what a joy it was to be around Gwynn whether it be on the field, in the locker room, or outside the stadium. And they discussed a subject that never gets old: Gwynn's lasting legacy.
If you haven't already, check out our preview of MLB Network Presents: Mr. Padre and get in front of a TV at 5:00 pm PT tonight to catch the film's debut.