SAN DIEGO — The Padres honored Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn with a memorial at Petco Park on Thursday night that was attended by MLB dignitaries, former teammates and approximately 20,000 fans.
Gwynn, who spent his 20-year career with the Padres, died June 16 from oral cancer. He was 54.
"He was blessed to play here and then he decided this was the place for him," said former teammate and Tampa native Steve Garvey. "Did he make less money because of that? Absolutely. But he loved the people, he loved this team. He wanted to be able to play for one team his whole life."
angels: Albert Pujols had his 541st career double, tying Rogers Hornsby for 30th.
braves: 1B Freddie Freeman was back in the lineup after leaving Wednesday's game when he was hit by a pitch on the right elbow.
rangers: Ace Yu Darvish, scheduled to start two days before the July 15 All-Star Game, said would likely opt for sightseeing over pitching if he's selected to the AL team.