Some time late on Tuesday or very early on Wednesday morning, the following joint press release from Major League Baseball and Fox Sports regarding the exclusion of honoring the late Tony Gwynn in the All-Star Game was posted by Ken Rosenthal on Facebook…
“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.”
Fair enough statement–all of those mentioned above made their own unique contributions to the game. But as we saw with the various commercial and tribute videos dedicated to Derek Jeter, there was certainly an opportunity that a montage or other means could’ve been produced to recognize all of those who passed away. Hard to believe there wasn’t enough room for both.
One could argue the World Series would provide a similar stage for such honors, but with the All-Star Game being representative of all teams and a more common backdrop for many of the game’s contributors, it offers the perfect chance to remember those who have left their mark.
Hopefully, MLB and it’s broadcast partners have learned from this and will be properly be prepared for next year.