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SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynns sweet swing was matched only by his incandescent smile. Authentic Alex Goligoski Jersey . The Hall of Famer was saluted at Petco Park on Thursday night in a ceremony that would have made "Mr. Padre" light up. Though, that wasnt something Gwynn had trouble doing. "It was so engaging," former teammate Steve Garvey said of Gwynns grin. "There are a few guys in sports that have it. You always think of Magic (Johnson), and Tony was baseballs Magic as far as that smile was concerned." Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, died on June 16 from oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54. The 15-time All Star averaged .338 over a career in which he had 3,141 hits and won eight NL batting titles. A two-sport star at San Diego State before getting selected by the Padres in the third round of the 1981 draft, he was beloved for his achievements on the field and his humility on and off it. Gwynn never hid his affection for San Diego, embracing his "Mr. Padre" nickname and declining to leave San Diego as a free agent on numerous occasions. After retiring from the Padres following the 2001 season, Gwynn became SDSUs baseball coach. Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and ex-Padre Trevor Hoffman were among the speakers who addressed the crowd of about 20,000 from a stage erected in right field, just in front of the No. 19 carved into the outfield grass. A podium was placed between three No. 19 Gwynn jerseys, two from the Padres World Series appearances in 1984 and 1998 and one from San Diego State. The left-field scoreboard showed a collage of pictures that ranged from Gwynn tipping his hat to the crowd and to him clutching his Hall of Fame plaque. And, of course, one displaying that warm smile. "We all know Tony was a great player, a great Hall of Famer," Jackson said. "That is known when he got 97 per cent of the vote -- that puts him in the top four or five. ... "He was a genuine man, a quality man, a 100 per cent family man. A great son, a great husband, a great father, a great friend and a great teammate. He was an example of what we all want to live and emulate as a person." Thursdays tribute, which started when 19 white doves were released, was open to the public following the private service Gwynns family held Saturday at SDSU. Gwynns fans, many wearing his brown-and-yellow No. 19 jersey, were given a chance to pay their respects to someone they felt they knew. He was an anchor of not only the Padres two World Series teams, but in the community as well. After leaving the Padres, he coached at SDSU, was a member of the Padres broadcasting team and remained active in various charities. A stream of people walked past Gwynns statue in the adjacent Park at the Park, with a line snaking past memorabilia of his storied career. Gwynn, whose No. 19 is retired by the Padres, batted at least .300 in 19 straight seasons. In 1994, he was hitting .394 in August when the season ended prematurely because of the baseball strike; in 1995, he struck out only 15 times in 577 plate appearances. But it was the way Gwynn carried himself that endeared him to countless fans. And not just those in San Diego. Gwynn has been honoured around baseball since his death. Tony Gwynn Jr., his son, was given a standing ovation Tuesday in Philadelphia in his first at-bat with the Phillies since taking a leave following his fathers death. "Even though he was on the other team you still had to admire the way he went about his business," said Joe Torre, an executive vice-president for Major League Baseball and former Yankees manager. "Unfortunately we dont have many, maybe any -- maybe Derek Jeter -- that conduct themselves in a similar fashion. "Honestly, what you saw is what you got: he was a good hitter and never tried to show anybody up." Gwynn became and stayed a star in San Diego. He never thought it would shine brighter elsewhere. "Im a Padre, a San Diego Padre," Gwynn once said. "And Im proud of it." Near the end of the tribute Hoffman, in a halting voice, talked straight to Gwynn, his former Padres teammate. "Thank you for representing San Diego," Hoffman said, "with such class." Authentic Keith Tkachuk Jersey . Terrance Broadway threw for 227 yards and Hunter Stover kicked three field goals as the Ragin Cajuns won an unprecedented fourth straight New Orleans Bowl with a 16-3 triumph over Nevada. Authentic Derek Stepan Jersey . Ricciardo made it only halfway around the Jerez track before his RB10 rolled to a stop and began spouting smoke from the back. After team mechanics tended to the car, Ricciardo went back out for a mere two trips around the circuit before calling it quits. http://www.cheapcoyotesjerseysauthentic.com/ .Y. - Through three quarters, the Brooklyn Nets could not shake the NBAs worst team. With the NBA draft just hours away, teams are going over their final draft lists, seeing which prospects they like, which they dont, and hoping to find the next star. With plenty of potential trades still in the works there are a lot of picks still up in the air, but lets take a look and see how things might shake out in our final 2013 TSN.ca NBA Mock Draft. 1. Cleveland Cavaliers - C Nerlens Noel - Kentucky Analysis: The Cavaliers are still shopping this pick and will likely continue to do so until the bitter end. By the sounds of things, the Cavs asking price is too high though and they will likely keep the top pick. Noel has the most long term potential which makes him the best bet to be taken first. He is long, athletic, brings a great defensive presence and is getting better offensively. Reports also indicate that the rehab on his surgically repaired knee is going well. 2. Orlando Magic - SF Victor Oladipo - Indiana Analysis: This pick is by no means a slam dunk. If the Cavs pass on Noel, the Magic likely take him. And if the Cavs do take Noel, Ben McLemore could easily be chosen here. But Oladipo is much more of a sure thing than McLemore (or almost anyone for that matter) which will likely sway the Magic. The crazy athletic Indiana swingman has a terrific motor and can have an immediate impact, particularly on the defensive end. 3. Washington Wizards - SF Otto Porter Jr. - Georgetown Analysis: Picking Porter third just makes sense for the Wizards. He has a local connection having gone to college at Georgetown and would fit in well with the Wizards young team. He has great length for the wing, a great mid-range game and is a good facilitator. And, outside of Oladipo he might be the drafts most sure bet to succeed. 4. Charlotte Bobcats - PF Anthony Bennett - UNLV Analysis: Bennetts polished offensive game would be a nice complement to Michael Kidd-Gilchrists raw athleticism for the Bobcats. Bennett can play in the post or stretch floor on the wing. The Canadian is a tad undersized but is super athletic and most importantly is NBA ready. 5. Phoenix Suns - SG Ben McLemore - Kansas Analysis: They may have missed out on the top four, but its not all bad for the rebuilding Suns. Despite inconsistent workouts, McLemore has tremendous potential and might end up beiing the best player in the draft. Authentic Josh Archibald Jersey. The Suns are in need of a shooter and McLemore might be the best in the draft in that department with a quick release and excellent range. Teams are unsure of him him though and the Suns might let McLemore slide and opt for a big man like Alex Len. 6. New Orleans Pelicans - C Alex Len - Maryland Analysis: Marlyands skilled big man would be a nice addition to the Pelicans young core. He is a good athlete for a player his size and brings solid reboudning and shot-blocking. He also has a nice touch and is a good passer from the post. Alongside Anthony Davis, this could be the makings of a very formidable frontcourt 7. Sacramento Kings - PG Trey Burke - Michigan Analysis: Nobody seems quite sure what the Kings are planning to do on draft day. But the fact is, they need a point guard and while Burke is a bit undersized, he is very strong and has terrific court vision. The Kings need someone who can provide on court leadership with a bit of swagger and Burke can. 8. Detroit Pistons - G C.J. McCollum - Lehigh Analysis: McCollum is a versatile combo guard that checks off a lot boxes with his skill set. He can play both the point and the two. He is very good scorer with nice range and is excellent in transition. He is also an effective playmaker and a good rebounder for a guard. 9. Minnesota Timberwolves - SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Georgia Analysis: Caldwell-Pope looks like your prototypical NBA shooting guard. He is a very good athlete and a way better shooter than he showed at the combine. Minnesota could use the shooting and scoring depth and Caldwell-Pope would give them that. He also has good defensive potential and a great basketball IQ. Word is, TWolves president Flip Sanders loves him too. 10. Portland Trail Blazers - PG Michael Carter-Williams - Syracuse Analysis: Didnt the the Trail Blazers just draft a point guard last year who turned out to be pretty darn good? Yeah, but already having Damian Lillard wouldnt chinan
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