Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Right Fielder
My/His Age At The Time We Fell In Love: 9/28
Length Of Our Relationship: 2 years
Why I Loved Him: One of the most consistent batters in baseball, his average was over .300 for the majority of his long career. Sure, he was slow — and became even slower as his weight crept over 300 lbs. — but he knew what he was good at and wasn’t a show-off. Also, just look at that mustache. All man, baby.
How Far I Went For Love: Waited for two hours outside the players’ exit at the Padres stadium to get my ball signed. Bought loaf after loaf of Oro Wheat Bread looking for the Tony Gwynn rookie card hidden inside one of them.
Level Of Intimacy: His eyes — in the life-size posted that adorned my wall — would follow me around my bedroom. I got dressed in a corner outside of his eyeshot so he couldn’t see because I wasn’t ready to go there yet.