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Giants to give away bobbleheads of Hunter Pence broing out

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The San Francisco Giants will be giving away fantastic bobblehead dolls to the first 40,000 lucky fans who show up to AT&T Park on April 9. And by fantastic we mean they feature Hunter Pence riding a scooter with his hat backwards and a backpack on.

You won’t find a more bro-worthy bobblehead in America than this one. Here’s another angle, courtesy of MLB.com’s Cut 4:

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Hunter Pence makes diving catch to save Tim Lincecum no-hitter

Tim Lincecum on Saturday threw the seventh no-hitter in San Francisco Giants’ franchise history, and the landmark event wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent defensive play of one of his teammates.

Hunter Pence diving catchWith two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, San Diego Padres center fielder Alexi Amarista hit a line drive to right field that looked like it was going to drop for San Diego’s first hit of the contest. But Giants right fielder Hunter Pence got a great read on the ball and began charging in with no hesitation. He then laid out on his side to make a sweet diving catch to preserve the no-hitter. After that play, it was all downhill for Lincecum, who struck out Chase Headley and then got two flyouts to complete the no-hitter.

“I thought that was a for sure hit,” Lincecum said of Amarista’s ball after the game during an interview with NBC Bay Area. “But you see Hunter flying out of nowhere making the flying grab, that was just really impressive and a big play for us.”

In addition to Pence, third baseman Pablo Sandoval also made a sweet play to preserve the no-hitter. His came with two outs in the seventh:

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Hunter Pence loses fly ball in the sun, had sunglasses on his hat (Animated)

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Losing a fly ball in the sun is part of afternoon baseball. Sunglasses help, but there’s only so much they can do. As San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence could tell you, they do even less when you don’t use them to cover your eyes.

During the sixth inning of San Francisco’s 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, Pence was unable to track down a shallow fly ball in right after losing it in the sun. Had his sun glasses been covering his face instead of sitting atop his head, he probably would have had better luck. That’s the thing about a nice pair of shades on the baseball diamond — you need to actually look through them for it to have any effect.

Pence may have only played in one game this season, but he has already become a punchline. The Facebook group MLB Memes ragged on him almost instantly (via @_SoDevilish):

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That should make this White Sox fan feel better. Even the players screw up every now and then. Pence may have still been in spring training mode when tracking the ball, but the play has made its way onto the regular season blooper real. Don’t worry, Hunter — there will be plenty more bonehead mistakes to make us forget about it.

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Hunter Pence believes playing ping-pong has helped him succeed

San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence put himself through an intense workout regimen this offseason that included two personal trainers, five-foot stools to jump on and an intense aerobic routine. But the real key to his confidence is ping-pong. Yes, as in table tennis.

According to CSNBayArea.com, Pence considers ping-pong to be an extremely important part of his offseason routine.

“Sounds crazy, right?” Pence said. “It works your fast-twitch muscles. You react. I just got a bunch of different friends and we didn’t play games. It was just rallies, as hard and as long as we could.”

And it works. Just ask Pence’s brother Howie, who pointed out to Hunter a few months ago that the more ping-pong he plays over the winter the better his MLB seasons are. Pence said it was that observation that inspired him to step up his table tennis game in preparation for the 2013 season.

“It might be a coincidence, but it was worth a try,” he said.

Take it from a ping-pong enthusiast: the game requires tremendous hand-eye coordination and concentration. Last I checked, so does hitting a baseball. I don’t know if playing more ping-pong actually leads to more success on the diamond for Pence, but I can certainly understand how it would sharpen his skills.

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Tim Lincecum does hilarious Hunter Pence impression (Video)

Tim-Lincecum-Hunter-Pence-impressionThe San Francisco Giants held their 2013 Fan Fest over the weekend, and as expected the World Series champions seemed to enjoy answering many of the questions they were asked. At one point, Tim Lincecum was asked to do his impression of Hunter Pence, which was captured on the Giants World Series DVD and became an instant hit.

Lincecum was shy at first and said he didn’t want to embarrass himself, but after Pence stood up and did his best impression of Lincecum’s wind-up the right-hander had no choice but to fire back. And as any Pence fan will tell you, Timmy’s impersonation is spot-on.

Lincecum could give batting stance guy a run for his money with impersonating Pence, but he probably wouldn’t be able to outdo him with analyst impressions. Here’s a video that shows part of Pence’s stance and gives you an idea of what Lincecum was trying to accomplish:

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Hunter Pence speech credited for Giants’ turnaround

Long before the Giants were a dominant postseason force reeling off 3 straight wins in the NLDS, and seven straight wins to capture the World Series, San Francisco was about to make an early postseason exit. That’s when outfielder Hunter Pence, who was acquired from the Phillies at the trade deadline, stepped up with an impromptu speech that shocked — and motivated — his teammates.

According to reliever Jeremy Affeldt, Pence got “loud” and “crazy” and delivered a terrifying pregame speech typically reserved for the likes of Ray Lewis.

Manager Bruce Bochy called it a “powerful” speech that came “from the heart.”

Third base coach Tim Flannery described Pence’s speech this way on his band’s Facebook page:

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Hunter Pence’s broken bat sold for $400, and is named ‘Fryer’ (Update)

Two days after Hunter Pence delivered a key double to help the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS, his legendary broken bat is still a popular topic of conversation.

Pence’s bat splintered during a third-inning double he hit off Joe Kelly to drive in three runs. The slow-motion replay showed that the ball actually hit off Pence’s bat three times, which is what gave it the odd spin to curve away from Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma.

The broken bat will likely be remembered in Giants history similar to the way Curt Schilling’s bloody sock is a prop strongly associated with the Boston Red Sox’s postseason run in 2004. Such a valuable piece of memorabilia must have cost thousands of dollars, right? Wrong.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that Hunter Pence’s broken bat sold for a mere $400 on Monday night. In an apparent oversight, the bat ended up at the “From the Clubhouse” game-used merchandise stall behind Section 119 at AT&T Park, Baggarly reports.

Some lucky fan made out with a great souvenir for not too much money relative to the item’s value.

Pence also revealed that the bat that was broken in Game 7 is named “Fryer.”

“I name all my bats,” Pence told reporters on Tuesday. “Whatever word comes to mind, I write it on them.”

RIP, Fryer. Giants fans are certainly hoping his next bat will bring him as much success.

UPDATE: The fan who purchased the bat gave it back to Pence in exchange for an autographed bat. The team also gave him tickets for a luxury suite for Game 1 of the World Series.

The fan purchased the ball Pence hit (for $150) along with the broken bat, so at least he still has one collectible item from the historic event.