They started lining up several hours before the gates opened at Petco Park, thousands and thousands of fans coming to pay their respects and say their goodbyes to Tony Gwynn.

Inside Petco, the scoreboard showed a montage of moments from Gwynn's life. A stage was set up in short right field, just in front of a giant 19 etched into the grass. There were 360 seats set up in front of the stage for family and close friends. Adjacent to the seats were 18 members of the San Diego State pep band.

After the gates opened, fans filled the stands from along the third base line, to behind home plate, down along the first base line and into the right field bleachers. Other fans chose to sit and watch the event in the Park at the Park, near Gwynn's Mr. Padre statue. A crowd of 25,000 was expected.

Joe Torre, representing the commissioner's office, discussed before the ceremony some of the things that made Gwynn so special with the fans, allowing him to transcend the usual sorts of barriers with fans all over baseball as far as loving somebody not on their team.

“Honesty," said Torre. "Honesty is what you saw and what you got. He never tried to show anybody up. All he did was do what he did. Even though he was on the other team, you still had to admire the way he went about his business. To me we don’t have many , maybe not any….Derek Jeter has conducted himself in similar fashion. And the whole thing about it is, it’s role models for our kids. Kids are the ones we should be trying to show the way to, and Tony was certainly the type to do that.”