Tony Gwynn Jr. definitely channeled his dad on Father’s Day. The 32-year-old outfielder managed to pick up a walk-off single against Buffalo Bisons.
Gwynn Jr., a member of the Syracuse Chiefs, stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th with the score tied 0-0. With a man on second, Gwynn managed to shoot a ball up the middle for a single. Right fielder Caleb Gindl attempted to throw out the runner at the plate, but his throw was just a little late.
Kevin Keyes was ruled safe at home, giving Syracuse the 1-0 victory. It may have been Gwynn’s only hit of the contest, but he made it count.
Gwynn’s father, Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, died the day after Father’s Day last year. This was the first year Gwynn Jr. experienced the date without his dad.
While it was likely an emotional experience for Gwynn Jr., he did a fine job paying homage to his father. No one is going to forget Gwynn Sr.’s contributions to the game any time soon, but seeing something like this makes even the strongest of us a little emotional.
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