About a month ago, Tony Gwynn, Jr. was the toast of the baseball world: after being freed from the insufferable prison that is the Milwaukee Brewers organization, Li'l Anthony came on like a bat out of hell for the Padres. His high water mark was June 21, when his slash stats stood at .348/.439/.467. In fact, TGJ's blazing start was so good that it caused an otherwise reasonable journalist named Tom Friend to temporarily lose his mind and write this.
And now, we present Act II, which we'll call: "Regressing to the Mean."
Since June 21, TGJ has gone .240/.291/.312, with 21 strikeouts and a single stolen base.
And yet: I am certain that the loud, vocal minority of fans who thought TGJ was Christ, Gandhi, and Ted Williams combined still will tell you that TGJ should be the Brewers centerfielder. There's just no convincin' some folk.