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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Former MLB players Tom Gordon (L) and Tony Gwynn (second from R) pose for a photo with sons and current Los Angeles Dodgers Dee Gordon #9 and Tony Gwynn Jr.#10 after they all participated in the opening pitch ceremony before the Father's Day game with the Houston Astros on June 19, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's son, Tony Gwynn Jr., spoke to his father just hours before his death, giving him a call on Father's Day.
"Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor," he posted via Twitter. "I'm gonna miss u so much pops."
Gwynn, Jr. was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year and has had success in center field and in the lineup.
He has learned to show his respect and love for his Hall of Fame father off the field and not just on.
On Father's Day before yesterday's game, Gwynn Jr. called his father on the west coast to wish him a Happy Father's Day.
“I always try to get in an I love you,” Gwynn Jr. told Comcast SportsNet's Jim Salisbury. “For a while that was uncomfortable for me, I don’t know why. But since 2010, it hasn’t been uncomfortable. It’s something I want to make sure I get in because you never know what’s going to happen.”