News Headline: SF Giants reach agreement with outfielder Hunter Pence – winner of the 2013 Willie Mac award – on a 5-year contract extension.
My take on this story? He throws funny, his on-deck swing looks like he’s fighting thru a straight-jacket, and he’s an all-around one-of-a-kind odd bird. And I love the guy. The Giants haven’t had a player in their clubhouse during my lifetime who so demonstrably plays with as much commitment, desire, passion, and love of the game, his teammates, the fans, and the city of San Francisco as Hunter Pence displays each and every day he takes the field. His genuine love and kindness – which he isn’t shy about openly expressing – is of the variety that builds trust among teammates and inspires devotion within the community. It’s a great investment for the Giants in many ways that can’t simply be measured by traditional baseball statistics, yet it’s winner on that front too: after all, the guy did lead his team in home runs and RBI’s this season and he plays a tough right field as well as anyone ever has at AT&T Park. Hunter Pence plays for my team. I couldn’t be any happier.