One of my favorite players ever, Tony Gwynn, had a lifetime average of .338 and collected 8 batting titles. Most people know that.
Did you know that in his 20 year career, he never hit below .309? Not once. That to me is insane. An off year for Gwynn was .309? Crazy.
Gwynn was on my mind since he had surgery yesterday to remove a malignant tumor inside his right cheek, probably caused by years of using chewing tobacco. They had to take a nerve from his shoulder and transplant it into his cheek after they had to cut through a nerve to get to the tumor. Very complex surgery and who knows what is next for the former Padre and now San Diego State baseball coach.
Gwynn's wife reports that the doctors said they removed all of the cancer and that Tony was in a good mood after the surgery.
I pray that he comes out of this healthy and that anyone who even considers using tobacco think of Tony Gwynn.
I miss watching him hit.