A former White Sox player's fitting tribute to Tony Gwynn

A former White Sox player's fitting tribute to Tony Gwynn
June 17, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Tony Gwynn's passing has left a huge void in the baseball world.

Addison Reed, the former White Sox closer, played for Gwynn at San Diego State from 2008-10.

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When Reed, now in Arizona, walked into the Diamondbacks' clubhouse after news of Gwynn's passing, he paid tribute to his former coach in the best way possible.

Gwynn attributed the mouth cancer that took his life to years and years of chewing tobacco, which is very popular among baseball players.

Knowing this, Reed went to his locker, grabbed all seven cans of chewing tobacco and threw them in the garbage can, according to Fox Sports Arizona (h/T HardballTalk).

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"Just being in the room with him was kind of unreal," Reed told Fox Sports Arizona's Jack Magruder on his first interaction with Gwynn. "That's Tony Gwynn over there. I'm going to play for him? It was a no-brainer. I'm going here. He gave me a huge hug.

"That's something I'll always remember. He was there to help people succeed. He wanted the best for everybody. I don't think there's a clip on TV ever that he doesn't have a smile on his face. That loud chuckle that he had. That's something I'll never forget."