3. He is a natural-born leader
We all remember Pence’s motivational pregame speeches in 2012.
And we all remember his speech to end the 2014 season just asking for “one more game” in front of the home crowd.
He has a natural ability to fire people up and motivate them to be the best versions of themselves. It says something about an individual when they are able to summon the best out of the people around them, and Pence has proven he is capable of doing that time and time again.
While it may seem premature to speculate about who the next manager of the Giants will be, but Hunter Pence as a manager is just too much of a dream scenario to ignore. Even if he doesn’t end up donning the Orange-and-Black, it’s hard to envision another front-office tagging him to be the face of their franchise.
Of course, our foremost hope as fans should be that Gabe Kapler leads the Giants to World Series championships for the next ten seasons straight and is hailed as the greatest manager of all time. But we know how unlikely that is. Granted, there are far fewer bars to cross for Kapler to remain a successful hire.
Much more realistically, if Kapler can keep doing the things he did well in 2020 and learn from the things that went wrong, then we should all expect him to be a better manager in 2021 and beyond. But, of course, if the team regresses in the next few years, then there is a chance that we could have the Reverend, Hunter Pence, come back to lead the Giants yet again.