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SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State Aztecs will honor the late Tony Gwynn by retiring his jersey at the season opener vs. Valparaiso Friday night.

The Aztecs will host a VIP reception from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium prior to the game. The reception is open to SDSU baseball letter winners who played under Gwynn, as well as his former teammates and invited dignitaries.

The pre-game ceremony to retire Gwynn’s jersey will start before Friday's game with Ted Leitner serving as emcee. SDSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk will speak along with a member of the Gwynn family. Commemorative Tony Gwynn pins will be given to the first 1,500 fans at the game.

Former Aztec and current Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is expected to attend the game. New artwork on the wall behind right field showing Gwynn along with SDSU Golden Spikes winners Strasburg and Travis Lee will be unveiled at the game. Strasburg will also be at Saturday’s contest recognizing him and Lee as two of the Aztecs’ all-time best.

On Saturday, Feb. 14, the baseball team will sponsor an Aztecs vs. Cancer event in Gwynn’s honor. Prior to the game several players will shave their heads in support of Gwynn’s fight against cancer as well as someone in their lives who has been struck by the disease.

SDSU will also pay tribute to Strasburg and Lee by handing out Golden Spikes T-shirts to the first 500 fans in attendance for Saturday's 1 p.m. contest.

Opening weekend will wrap up on Sunday with the third game vs. Valparaiso beginning at noon. During that contest the Aztecs will be hosting West Covina Little League, an organization that held a special place for Gwynn. The players and coaches will hold a clinic for the little leaguers after the game.

The SDSU baseball team, along with several other teams in the Mountain West, will be wearing commemorative Tony Gwynn “TG” patches on their uniforms throughout the 2015 season.

Tickets for SDSU's opening weekend baseball games can be purchased in advance online or at the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium Gate E or by calling 619-283-7378.

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