The Preacher Pence Traveling Medicine Show is due to make an appearance at AT&T Park, Monday, as the San Francisco Giants face off against the Washington Nationals, in a must-win game for the Nats. Hunter Pence will be conducting services in the Orange and Black dugout, just as he did back in the World Series of 2012.
If you concentrate, you may remember the scenario. Let me refresh your memory-or your glass-whichever applies. The Giants had triumphantly cruised to a mellow division title, only to drop the first two games of the NLDS to the Cincinnati Reds-at AT&T Park-leaving the Giants the unenviable task of having to go to Cincinnati to play the final three games of the series.
Fearing that the Giants might be intimidated by the fact that no team had swept the Reds in a three-game series all season, the Preacher Pence Traveling Medicine Show was hired to come in and whip a little belief on the players in the hope that they could be stirred up enough to do some damage.
Aug 19, 2014; Chicago, IL, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) congratulates catcher Buster Posey (28) after he hits a home run in the fifth inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Well, the rest is history as you well know, with Preacher Pence rallying the troops to a spirited comeback against the Reds, as the Giants did the impossible and seized all three games, Buster Posey hitting a memorable grand slam.
Preacher Pence had not even cashed his check for his work in the Cincinnati series, when he was contacted again, this time for work to be done against the St. Louis Cardinals, who had buried the Orange and Black in a hole even deeper than the one dug by the Reds: a three games to one deficit in the NLCS.
Job security, figured the good reverend and he proceeded to get the job done. It cost the Giants big-time, though, in organic kale and the rest of Preacher Pence’s exotic diet.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the unofficial reason for the organic garden at AT&T Park.
Sep 25, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates with team mates after clinching the National League wild card at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 9-8. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports