San Diego Padres Unveil Trevor Hoffman Statue

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman poses for a photo with his mother Mikki Hoffman next to his statue before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on August 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. The statue was unveiled to commemorate his induction into the hall of fame. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman poses for a photo with his mother Mikki Hoffman next to his statue before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on August 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. The statue was unveiled to commemorate his induction into the hall of fame. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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COOPERSTOWN, NY – JULY 29: Inductee Trevor Hoffman at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 29, 2018 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY – JULY 29: Inductee Trevor Hoffman at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 29, 2018 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The latest member of the San Diego Padres to receive their own statue is none other than Trevor Hoffman. We couldn’t think of a more worthy candidate.

First Tony Gwynn, then Jerry Coleman, and now Trevor Hoffman. All three of these San Diego Padres legends have now been immortalized in the beautiful Petco Park via a statue being built in their likeness.

Trevor Hoffman’s statue was unveiled on Saturday August 18 before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres held a beautiful ceremony at Park at the Park where the statue was. Fittingly, the statue was put just a few feet away from the Padres bullpen. Now, Trevor Hoffman will always be a part of the Padres bullpen.

The statue unveiling came just weeks after Trevor Hoffman was enshrined into the Hall of Fame. What an incredible few months it has been for the Hoffman family.

Hoffman is now 9 feet tall, bronze, and in mid-windup from now on. He will be visited by millions over the course of his time in Petco Park. He will be talked to and perhaps even cried to. He will be reminisced with and he will be reminded of. He will be played on by small children and he will be the star of many, many photos. Trevor Hoffman and his statue will be loved and admired by Padres fans and baseball fans alike.

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Saturday was a perfect day for this enshrinement to take place. It was a great game that ended with a walk-off single by Christian Villanueva in the bottom of the ninth inning. That led to a Trevor Hoffman themed firework show that included highlights from the right-handers career along with his famous into song “Hells Bells”.

It was a beautiful show that everyone in attendance will not soon forget. The most precious moment came when Hoffman ran out onto the mound in full 1998 uniform while “Hells Bells” was playing. The San Diego crowd went wild.

While tearing up Hoffman told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, “I’m blown away by it. I wasn’t expecting to get emotional and it kinda got me.”

It was an emotional moment for the entire Hoffman family and for good reason. During the beautiful fireworks show, Tracy Hoffman, Trevor’s wife, came out onto the mound and sat right next to Trevor looking at the fireworks, both with tears in their eyes.

It was a beautiful moment not only shared by the two of them, but also by the entire city of San Diego. The city was with Trevor during all of his accomplishments and he never forgets that.

In his speech he gave after the statue was unveiled, he thanked the fans of the San Diego Padres many times. He closed out his wonderful speech by saying that he hoped people would walk by and “reminisce a little bit about what 51 was like.”

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Surely San Diego will do so.