While the 2017 season was a rough one for Hunter Pence and the San Francisco Giants; despite the slow offseason, Pence still believes in the team’s chances in 2018.
Pence went on MLB Network Radio and brought up how Nick Hundley has likened the San Francisco Giants to “starved lions” after last season’s disappointment. In fact, Pence said that last season’s “humble pie” could be a blessing in disguise.
If you want to here all that he had to say, you can find it here. Hunter mentions “pie” being “starved” and wanting to “hunt” several times, which is fitting considering his name. It could also lead one to believe that the Paleo diet he tried a few years ago has just left him a little peckish.
Either way, it’s fun to hear Pence express excitement about the upcoming season despite the lack of things to get excited about (until recently). Of course, we all remember Pence’s motivational playoff rants during 2012 and 2014. The latter video has a touch of profanity just to warn you.
He could be right in thinking that last season’s catastrophe could be the spark needed to reignite the club. We mustn’t forget that a number of players on this roster are accustomed to winning championships.
Of course, the recent additions of Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen add some intrigue to this upcoming season. Perhaps Pence’s energy and excitement for the new season will rub off on his new teammates.
However, it’s far too early to get too excited about this team. While Longoria and McCutchen are great adds that make sense on paper, it will be interesting to see how these additions affect team chemistry. Especially if the team gets off to a sluggish start or face injuries.
Pence seems to be capable of manufacturing chemistry no matter the odds though. Let us hope that he can inspire the troops once more and propel them to great heights in 2018.