Major League Baseball didn’t do anything to honor San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn, who passed away last month after a four-year battle with cancer, during Tuesday’s All-Star Game. That omission produced as much, if not more, consternation among viewers as Adam Wainwright’s admission — and then denial — that he grooved a pitch to Derek Jeter.
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who was recruited as a high school prospect in San Diego when Gwynn was coaching at San Diego State, paid tribute in his own way by writing Gwynn’s initials and number, 19, on his all-star cap.
Photo of Jones’ cap. pic.twitter.com/ME561pxBy9
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“I’ve known the man for most of my adult life, so it’s tough when someone passes like that, especially the impact he’d had on not just myself, but on countless major leaguers, and just people in general, in the San Diego community,” Jones, who worked out with Gwynn and his son during the offseason, told the Baltimore Sun last month.
Meanwhile, Jones’s Orioles teammate Nelson Cruz savored the all-star experience by taking a bunch of selfies.