SI: You don't have a catchphrase. How do you feel about "Just
Gwynn, baby" when somebody gets a hit?
Gwynn: I don't think I like it.
SI: Has ESPN recruited you for its softball team?
Gwynn: No. But if I could play softball, I'd still be playing
SI: As a longtime San Diego resident, do you miss Ryan Leaf?
Gwynn: (Laughs) I miss him because he's always good for
SI: Do major leaguers make fun of Kevin Costner for his baseball
Gwynn: Yes, and for other things too.
SI: Who's your favorite baseball announcer?
Gwynn: Vin Scully.
SI: You still hold San Diego State basketball records for career
and single-season assists. Is that a testimony to your point
Gwynn: That's just poor recruiting.
SI: Would you trade any of your Silver Slugger Awards for an Emmy?
SI: Which Tony would you rather hang out with: Tony Randall,
Tony Bennett or Toni Morrison?
Gwynn: I'd rather hang out with Tony Siragusa.
SI: How often have you been to the San Diego Zoo?
SI: What's the harder task: Winning eight batting titles or
getting airtime away from Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech?
Gwynn: That's close, but I'd say the eight titles.
SI: You're coaching San Diego State's baseball team next year.
If they let you play, could you hit .300?
Gwynn: No problem.
SI: Finally, a San Diego State website says you won "five
Rawlings God Glove Awards." Is that a misprint or do you have a
Gwynn: It's a misprint, but I think our Heavenly Father is kind
of watching over me right now. He knows I have my hands full.
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