Maybe not a Yankee, but there’s no way to deny the grace and respect in which Mr. Padre played the grand ol’ game. While the league was obsessed with juiced up homer hitters, Gwynn continued to put up his high average and on base numbers season after season. Cancer once again has robbed us of a brilliant athlete and a good man. Sorry about 1998, but I am sure the Hall of Fame was a pretty great consolation prize. Thanks for everything.