The Fox/MLB Statement for the Lack of a Tony Gwynn Tribute During the All-Star Game is a Complete Joke

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I haven’t had the time to fully dig into the fact that Fox and MLB completely ignored Tony Gwynn during the All-Star Game. I went on a twitter tirade about it and felt that was enough. Here’s a sampling of that so you know where I stand:

Then the Padres dropped the silent hammer on Fox/MLB.

Then MLB and Fox issued a joint statement about it and their explanation can kiss my ass:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year – including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer – and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual.

The immediate and obvious laughable irony of this explanation is that the entire night was focused around Derek Jeter. Deadspin even compiled the 100 times he had his name mentioned in the Fox broadcast. On top of that… there is precedent for singling out a player, as mentioned by Matt Hall of UT-San Diego.

Further proof that this explanation is a complete joke. Next time, Fox/MLB… just swallow your pride and admit you messed up. I would have been totally fine with them basically saying… “We blew it. We’re sorry. We honored Tony Gwynn in the pre-game show and thought that would be sufficient. In hindsight, we now realize that an additional tribute should have been made during the game broadcast… you know, when people were actually watching. Tony deserved better. The end.” But no, they made some sorry and stupid excuse. So frustrating.

Thank you so much to Sully Baseball, for doing what Fox/MLB did not…

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Chills at the beginning… tears at the end.

RIP, 19.

-bp

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