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SDSU Aztecs Baseball to Enshrine Gwynn, #19 

Once an Aztec, always an Aztec.

Certainly, this formula of “once a [mascot], always a [mascot]” is a statement that rings true for almost every college across the country. But San Diego State plans to take this sentiment a step further by honoring former Aztec alum Tony Gwynn by holding a ceremony to retire his number prior to SDSU’s baseball opener on February 13th.

“An Aztec for life” …and clearly beyond, as well.

The ceremony will be held at 6:00pm on Friday, February 13th – aptly held at Tony Gwynn Stadium with the master of ceremonies being Tony’s longtime friend and Padres broadcaster, Ted Leitner. Gwynn, as many know, was a superstar athlete at San Diego State having played both Basketball and Baseball during his time as an Aztec. But just how good was Gwynn, exactly?

Good enough to be drafted by both the San Diego Padres and the then-San Diego Clippers at the same time. Gwynn was a third round pick by the Padres back in 1981, and a 10th round pick by the Clippers in the ’81 NBA draft as well.

Along with officially retiring Tony’s #19 next Friday, the team will be wearing “TG: Tony Gwynn Aztec for Life” patches on their jerseys all season long. The first 1,500 fans in attendance at the game will receive a commemorative Tony Gwynn pin. Tickets for the game are available online, and will cost $8.25 each.

Fans looking to attend the game can purchase tickets at the Aztec ticket office, or online at Ticketmaster.



About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!