During the championship run of the 2010's, the SF Giants thrived on pitching and defense on the field. Off the field, they thrived on incredible team chemistry and a video recently resurfaced that epitomizes that chemistry.
Hilarious video resurfaces of two SF Giants legends
It is only a 15-second video but it is a fun, nostalgic moment between Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum that will be sure to make you laugh. I challenge you to only watch this clip once (I've watched it at least a dozen times):
Pence begins the video but parroting Lincecum's unique delivery, whereas Lincecum follows this with an incredibly fun imitation of Pence's energetic, twitchy batting stance. Who has the better impression of the other?
That is up for debate. Pence gave a more realistic image of Lincecum's delivery, but Lincecum got a lot of laughs by exaggerating Pence's stance. There are not many Giants players in recent memory who are held in as high of esteem as the two teammates in the video.
Pence came over from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Nate Schierholtz, Tommy Joseph, and Seth Rosin right before the 2012 trade deadline. The longtime outfielder played a key role in leading San Francisco to a title run that year as he gave an inspirational speech in Game 3 of the NLDS that became a springboard to victory.
Of course, his quirky personality meshed well with the San Francisco culture and it became a second home after spending much of his life and career in Texas. Similar to Pence, Lincecum's personality meshed with the local culture as well.
The right-handed hurler was not nearly as outspoken as Pence, but his funky delivery, quiet confidence, and calm demeanor made him a fan favorite immediately. Given that Lincecum was a homegrown product, the connection between fanbase and player is very special.
Lincecum and Pence were teammates for parts of four seasons beginning in 2012. They both experienced a lot of success on the field as Lincecum was a four-time All Star, three-time World Series champion, and a two-time Cy Young award winner. Few have enjoyed the type of success that Lincecum had in the first-half of his career.
On the other hand, Pence appeared in four All-Star games and won two World Series rings. The quirkiness of the two players made them some of the more popular names in franchise history and that video captures a fun interaction between the two.