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Come Back Swinging 

untitledEveryone has been touched by cancer.  If you’re a Padres fan (which we all are!), we’ve been hit hard (pun not intended).  We’ve seen longtime Padres bullpen catcher Mark Merila, first base coach Dave Roberts, bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, AAA Tucson pitcher Josh Geer and of course pitcher on the ’84 roster Dave Dravecky bravely battle cancer.  But perhaps what hit closest to home (again, pun not intended) was the news in late 2010 that our beloved #19, Tony Gwynn, was facing cancer of a salivary gland. 

How could someone so prolific, someone that felt like family to most of us, be mortal? The news punched you in the gut