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Gwynn remembered as 'greatest ambassador' for San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - He was so approachable and so welcoming, we all felt like Tony Gwynn was our friend. But few people knew him better than his agent John Boggs.

"From the initial time I met Tony, there was a chemistry with tony that was just, he was awesome," Boggs said.

They became friends when Gwynn first came to the big leagues in the early 80s, Boggs remembers a 16-hour car ride they took together, calling it one of their greatest times together.

"Tony had a quality about him. He didn't turn it on for the camera, he was always that way. You hit a topic of conversation that Tony was interested in, you'd get a long dissertation. He was awesome," Boggs said.

On Twitter Monday, Gwynn's son Tony Jr. posted the following:

Mayor Kevin Faulconer also remembered Gwynn:

Faulconer's thoughts were echoed by Boggs.

"It was San Diego Padres, Aztec pride, San Diego. And I think, you know, the name 'Mr. Padre or 'Mr. San Diego' is so appropriate because he was one of the greatest ambassadors the city ever had," he said.

We all know Tony was a great hitter, but Boggs said he also worked really hard on his defense. One of his happiest moments was winning his first Gold Glove in 1986. He went on to win five of them.

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