As Gwynn gave a speech in appreciation, Howard and Jimmy Rollins watched from the field.
"We're lucky enough to be here while they were doing this, and I wasn't going to miss it for
the world," Howard said.
Rollins also had the unique experience of working with Gwynn -- spending a week in the 2002
and 2003 offseason working with the former Padres outfielder -- and credits those lessons as a large part of his success.
He also didn't want to miss the speech.
"How many times do you see something like this on TV and you say, 'I wish I was
there,'" Rollins said. "I was in [the clubhouse] when he was speaking, so I ran out there
half-dressed. I got to get out there to hear him, I wanted to give him a hug and say,
"He's such a great person. He let me come down and let me work with him, free of charge,
just work. That's the type of person he is. It wasn't about Tony the baseball player. It was about
Tony the person."
Cole Hamels didn't get to pick his uniform number when he debuted last season,
getting No. 35. Given a choice, the San Diego native would've selected No. 19.
"Of course," Hamels said. "[Gwynn] made the number 19 a cool number."
Hamels could have switched this offseason, but had since grown attached to No. 35, as
did many fans walking around with his name on their backs. But he admits to sometimes looking
longingly at Greg Dobbs, who was assigned the digits this spring.
"I'll just have to make 35 famous," he said with a laugh.
Should Hamels someday play for the Padres -- take a deep breath, Phillies fans -- he can't
wear No. 35, as it's retired for former Cy Young Award winner and All-Star lefty Randy Jones. Jones
went 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA and 25 complete games in 1976, and remains the club leader in innings
pitched (1,765), starts (253), complete games (71) and shutouts (18).
Who I am:
Michael Zagurski knows he won't make the cover of Perfect Body magazine, and loved
hearing about a T-shirt owned by Padres reliever and fellow rotund sort Heath Bell.
Bell has a shirt that reads: "I'm in Shape: Round is a Shape."
"See if he can get one for me, or find out where he got it," Zagurski said. "I'd wear that
proudly. You have to play the cards you're dealt. By no means do I think I'm in bad shape."
Listed at 6-foot and 225 pounds, Zagurski has earned a few nicknames in his two months
with the Phillies, including "Bronko," a play on his last name's resemblance to former Bears football great Bronko Nagurski, and "Kruk Jr." for his physical similarities to the former Phillies first
baseman, John Kruk.
While he's pitched in and out of tight spots during his rookie season -- he's limited
lefties to a .212 average -- Zagurski has taken to his other identity. He also related some of the
more colorful comments he's received from hecklers.
"I laugh at it but never get agitated," Zagurski said. "We were playing at Texas A&M [Zagurski went to the University of Kansas] and some guy yelled, 'Zagurski, I can hear you getting fatter,'" he said. "I stepped off and laughed. That was pretty funny. Somebody once asked me if I held up my pants with a belt or a hula hoop. It's in good humor, too. They just wanted me to pitch bad that
day. I'm in the big [leagues] now, so I must've done something right."
"He's the fastest guy I've ever seen, hands down. He ran out a triple today that was a joke. He just strolled into third. I'd like to see him go toe-to-toe against that cheetah they had the other day." --Aaron Rowand, on Michael Bourn. A cheetah spent Thursday at PETCO Park as part of Zoo Day.
Right-hander Brett Myers is scheduled to pitch again on Monday for Class A
Clearwater, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said his closer could be activated as early as Thursday, when the
Phillies play the Nationals. ... Rollins hit his 19th homer in his second at-bat Sunday, tying the Mets' Carlos Beltran for the Major League lead in home runs by a switch-hitter.
For the first time in his rookie season, right-hander Kyle Kendrick will be trying to
rebound from a defeat, which he suffered on Wednesday against the Dodgers. He gave up two homers in
that outing, something a groundball pitcher can't do. The Phillies are 5-2 in Kendrick's starts. First pitch on Tuesday against the Nationals is 7:05 p.m. ET.