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                  Tony Gwynn
 
 
 

               VITAL INFORMATION
 

Date of Birth: 05/9/60
Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, CA
Residence: Poway, CA
Height: 5"11
Weight: 220 lbs.
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Years in Majors: 18
Position: Right Field
Team: San Diego Padres

                   JOURNAL
            Subject: My 3,000th Hit
            Location: New York City
            Journal Entry:
            It's been amazing. I'm spending some time this morning at
            our hotel in New York, signing baseballs and reflecting on
            the "road to 3,000 hits." I've been getting notes, e-mails,
            telegrams and cards from all over the country the past
            several days. People I haven't seen in years have been
            tracking me down to congratulate me. Last night I even got
            a standing ovation at Shea Stadium of all places. You just
            don't expect something like that to happen.

            You imagine what it will be like to get that milestone hit,
            but you never really know what it's like, what kind of
            impact it will have, until it really happens. I came to realize
            last Friday night that 3,000 hits is a huge, huge thing. I'm
            happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to experience
            this, but now I'm exhausted from it.

            I've been trying to deal with all of the extra attention to the
            best of my ability. You need to be patient because you get
            asked the same questions over and over again, but you
            realize everybody has a job to do so you try to accomodate
            people. Overall, I think I've done a pretty good job with it.

            Yesterday, however, I told our public relations staff that I
            wanted to take a day off from the media to concentrate on
            baseball and get my focus back. It was the only day I've
            taken off during this whole period, but evidently some of
            the media people got upset and bent out of shape. It shows
            you they can sometimes take you for granted. I've been
            coming to New York for 18 years and responding to just
            about every media reques. Then the one day I don't, I get
            taken to task for it. They are entitled to feel that way, but
            I'm entitled to do what I need to do, too. Baseball is my job
            and I needed a day to concentrate on baseball.

            You hope people can respect your wishes, but I can't
            worry about it if they don't.
 
 

                      OTHER
 

Tony has the third-longest active tenure with one U.S. Major League team. Tony has spent 17 years with the Padres.

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