San Diego State Wins MWC AgainAt The Ballpark
SAN DIEGO — If you exit the San Diego State locker room and turn left, following the stadium around until you locate a garage door, you’ll find a part of Tony Gwynn Stadium that San Diego State head coach Mark Martinez no longer visits.
Previously, he spent countless hours in the office nestled behind the roll-up door. Laughing, smiling, working. Martinez sat with his good friend and mentor Tony Gwynn breaking down film, discussing strategy, talking baseball, family and life.
“I spent so much time with Tony here,” Martinez said. “His office is right back there and I still haven’t gone in there since he passed away.”
Gwynn still has a profound impact on the San Diego State program that he meant so much to, but he never got to see the Aztecs celebrate a title on their own field. (Their last conference title on their home field was a WAC tournament title in 1986.) Martinez said that probably changed Saturday night, suspecting the former Aztecs player and coach was looking down as San Diego State won the Mountain West tournament title on their home field with a 14-5 victory over UNLV.
“Tony was definitely here with us this weekend,” Martinez said immediately after the game, later adding: “He’s with me every step of the way. I’m talking to Tony every single day, not just in the tournament.”