Top 5 SF Giants Hunter Pence Moments
2. The Speech
Hunter Pence’s arrival in 2012 was wild. He was struggling, scuffling throughout most of his first move to San Francisco. It didn’t help matters that shortly after his arrival Melky Cabrera was suspended for PED use. The Giants traded for a stud outfielder who underperformed in the regular season, and then lost their most productive outfielder and still went on an absolute tear in September.
But in the first series of the postseason, they found themselves in a woeful position. Down to their last rites, they had lost the first two games of a “best of five” series. They needed to win three road games in a row against the Cincinnati Reds to stay alive.
Prior to game three, Pence stepped up to give a speech that in the long run, embodied everything we know about Pence.
According to Tim Flannery and the Chronicle, Pence said:
"Get in here, everyone get in here … look into each other eyes..now! look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on, and no matter what happens we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys, I need to see what [Ryan] Theriot will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind [Ryan] Vogelsong because he’s never been to the playoffs..play for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it’s all we have left.”"
It was the defining moment of those playoffs. The Giants would go on to win the series 3-2, then come back in the next round against the St. Louis Cardinals from a 3-1 deficit too. Pence embodied the comeback spirit of that team.