Gwynn Jr. spoils clincher for San Diego
MILWAUKEE -- The boy Padres players always called "Anthony" was just 10 years old when his favorite team acquired a future Hall of Fame closer. The boy used to play football in the outfield with the closer, run conditioning drills with the closer and, most important, study the closer's tendencies, as he fine-tuned one of the best changeups in the history of baseball.
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I knew what his tendencies were, but everybody knows what his tendencies are and it still doesn't seem to work out for most people.
-- Tony Gwynn Jr. on Trevor Hoffman