The Death Of Tony Gwynn Has Left Me Feeling A Bit Empty…
It has been two months since one of my baseball heroes, Tony Gwynn, died.
And since his passing, I have spent more time reading articles written about him, watching videos about him, and learning more about him. I was sad the day that he passed. And I am still sad about it today. Lately it seems like more and more of the players I enjoyed as a kid are gone. Gary Carter blew me away a few years ago, and then back in July, Tony Gwynn left us too.
As I watch modern-day baseball, I crave for the legends that shaped my love for the game. I miss watching them play. I miss cheering for them. I miss impersonating their batting stance and swing with my buddies at the park.
Do I love the modern game? Of course I do.
But my true passion is the baseball and the players that starred during my youth – Pete Rose and 4,192, Mookie Wilson’s error, Canseco’s 40/40, Bo Jackson breaking bats over his knee, Andre Dawson throwing out runners going to third, Rickey Henderson cruising around the base paths, Dwight Gooden striking out dozens during each appearance, Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run, and the list goes on. These are the players and moments that made me fall in love with the game.
So, as I always tend to do, I am going to go back to enjoy the sport and hobby from my youth.
’30-Year Old Cardboard’ is heading back to the 1980’s!!!
Will I still follow modern players and teams? Without a doubt. Will I still collect modern cards? Of course I will. But, I will once again be paying more attention to the players and teams and cards that made me fall in love with this great sport and hobby during my childhood. If I can learn more now, great. And if I can conjure up more memories of those great times, I am all for it.
I think that this will be a lot of fun. And I hope that you are ready to go back to the 1980’s with me.