" . . . And starting in right field for First International Bank . . . Tony Gwynn."
The fanciful introduction for the San Diego Padres star might sound outlandish but would have been partly accurate had a U.S. Bankruptcy judge not ruled Monday against the bank's request to take control of Gwynn's Padre contract.
The motion was part of the ongoing legal wrangling in the aftermath of Gwynn's May, 1987, Chapter 7 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Diego in which Gwynn said his liabilities of $1,147,000 outweighed his assets of $690,150.
In the motion, First International Bank, formerly known as People's Bank of Chula Vista, asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise Malugen to declare a lien on Gwynn's contract as security for a loan and back interest totaling $98,935 that the bank claims Gwynn owes it.