Larry Bird: Yeah, patience.
Damn, that sucks. Believe it or not, he actually used to live in Indianapolis of all places.
Tony Gwynn was an Indiana Pacers season ticket-holder, and he helped the WNBA Indiana Fever's inaugural ticket drive seven years ago. Gwynn retired with more than 3,100 career hits in 20 years with the San Diego Padres. He moved his family to the northern Indianapolis suburb of Fishers in 1993 and still has a home there and in California, where he's the coach at his alma mater, San Diego State.
Gwynn decided to become a Hoosier after he accompanied his wife, Alicia, to Indianapolis with her church group. Instead of sitting in their hotel room, he toured the city and decided it was somewhere he wanted to live.
He was batting .394 in 1994 before the August strike. Doubt anyone gets that close to .400 again.
I'm not much of a baseball fan, but I used to follow it a lot more years ago, and Gwynn has to be one of the best hitters ever to play.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports...5f6_story.htmlMaddux should be one of the most-copied pitchers ever, yet few would even know where to begin, because he seldom opened up about what he believed about pitching and why.
First, Maddux was convinced no hitter could tell the speed of a pitch with any meaningful accuracy. To demonstrate, he pointed at a road a quarter-mile away and said it was impossible to tell if a car was going 55, 65 or 75 mph unless there was another car nearby to offer a point of reference.
“You just can’t do it,” he said. Sometimes hitters can pick up differences in spin. They can identify pitches if there are different releases points or if a curveball starts with an upward hump as it leaves the pitcher’s hand. But if a pitcher can change speeds, every hitter is helpless, limited by human vision.
“Except,” Maddux said, “for that [expletive] Tony Gwynn.”
Larry Bird: Yeah, patience.
Best hitter I ever watched. Teddy Baseball was the greatest, but I never got to see him.
"But, first, let us now praise famous moments, because something happened Tuesday night in Indianapolis that you can watch a lifetime’s worth of professional basketball and never see again. There was a brief, and very decisive, and altogether unprecedented, outburst of genuine officiating, and it was directed at the best player in the world, and that, my dear young person, simply is not done."
I lifted this out of an article with some absolutley ridiculous Stats from Tony's career.
Tony Gwynn had 45 games over the course of his career with 4 or more hits. He had 34 games with more than one strikeout. This means that the odds were better for him to get four hits than it was for him to strike out twice. Holy ****.
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Another couple of these ridiculous stats.
Gwynn struck out 434 times in his 19 year career. Adam Dunn has struck out 486 times....since the start of the 2012 season.
Jeff Bagwell hit .368 in the strike shortened 1994 season....and lost the batting title to Gwynn by almost 30 points.
In 1995 Gwynn struck out 15 times. 27 current players have already matched that in the month of June.
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