Giant jersey goes up to remember Mr. Padre

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego got decked out in Tony Gwynn gear Thursday with a giant No. 19 Padres jersey in front of the county admin building downtown.

“This jersey we hoisted up in 2007 when Tony was inducted into the half of fame, it had been put away and when he passed this week it was an immediate decision to put it back up,” said San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox.

SScreen Shot 2014-06-19 at 5.18.51 PMan Diegans changed their work attire for Padres colors, many wore Gwynn’s No. 19 jersey on this 19th day of the month to remember the local hero.

At city hall, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer tweeted a picture of himself wearing a number 19 jersey, asking city employees to join him in remembering Gwynn.

“There wasn’t a better guy,” said Kelly McGrath, as she stopped by to see and take pictures of the jersey memorial and remember the time she met the hero that left too soon.

“I met him personally when my son was only 6 years old and he took the time to stop and talk to him about his T-ball game and that’s something I’ll always remember,” said McGrath.

The giant jersey memorial will be up for a month.