"It was pretty awesome," Gwynn said. "It made the at-bat a little more difficult, had to fight the emotion and the tears and stuff like that. But that's why guys who play here like to play here."
Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia extended the ovation by trotting to the mound on purpose. Phillies players saluted Saltalamacchia for that gesture.
Gwynn took two balls, then grounded out to first. The fans cheered some more.
"I don't know what it must be like to lose a father," Saltalamacchia said, "especially a guy who brought so much to this game."
Gwynn was overwhelmed by the support in the last week, especially from his current teammates.
"I don't think there was a guy I didn't get a text from," he said after the game.
He paused, and cried again.
"I don't even know if I could come up with a word to describe it," Gwynn said.
Domonic Brown watched Gwynn's at-bat from the dugout.
"I got a little shaken up," Brown said.
As Gwynn stepped to the plate, light clapping reverberated through the ballpark. Once Dan Baker announced Gwynn's name, the fervor grew, and people stood.
Gwynn took a deep breath.
"That was a special moment," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I thought that was outstanding by the fans."