Bud Black first got to know Tony Gwynn when they were teammates playing college baseball at San Diego State.
No matter how early Black tried to get to the park for practice or workouts, he could never arrive before Gwynn.
Now the Padres manager, Black shared memories of his former college teammate Monday before San Diego opened a two-game series in Seattle. Gwynn, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest athletes in San Diego's history, died Monday of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54.
The Mariners planned to honor Gwynn with a moment of silence before Monday's game and his number, "19," was spread in the dirt between the shortstop and third baseman - the spot Gwynn sent many of his 3,141 hits through.
June 17, 2014