Farewell tribute to Padres legend Tony Gwynn attracts 23,229

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Some of baseball’s biggest names were among a crowd of 23,229 at Thursday’s memorial tribute for late Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn at Petco Park.

Gwynn died June 16 at age 54 due to salivary gland cancer.

The likes of Reggie Jackson, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Steve Garvey joined the fans who formed lines along Park Boulevard to get in and say goodbye to the legend.

The speakers include Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler, Jackson and former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman.

There was a video montage with interview snippets of Gwynn .

John Boggs, longtime friend and Gwynn’s agent for over 30 years, said Gwynn had chances to leave San Diego for bigger contracts and play for perennial contenders but never gave it a second thought.

“He said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. This is where I belong, and San Diego is home. He was and always will be Mr. Padre,’” Boggs said.

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