Giants accidentally sell Pence's historic bat for 400


Giants accidentally sell Pence's historic bat for 400

SAN FRANCISCO Hunter Pence didnt know what became of it.Neither did Giants clubhouse man Mike Murphy.

The most famous and magical broken bat in franchise historyhad disappeared for a few hours only for everyone to react in horror when theydiscovered where it ended up:

Sold, for 400, to a fan at the From the Clubhouse game-usedmerchandise stall behind Section 119 just an hour after the Giants 9-0,pennant-clinching victory over the Cardinals Monday night.

Talk about your Antiques Roadshow moments.

You dont need to be an appraiser for Sothebys to know thebat, which will go down in Giants lore, is worth many times more than its saleprice.

Pence shattered it in the third inning when he swung at apitch from right-hander Joe Kelly. It broke upon impact with the handle and theball almost magically made contact with the decelerating barrel two additionaltimes, imparting such crazy english that it made Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozmazig right as the ball zagged left. The never-before-seen triple hit ended up asa bases-clearing double for Pence a cleverly dubbed triple-double, as it were and it was the most important hit in what ranks as the only Game 7 victory inGiants franchise history.

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I hit my home run in St. Louis with that bat, too, Pencesaid. So Id like it back.

Pence will know the bat when he sees it. The wide-eyed,unorthodox right fielder is known for his quirky habits, and he revealed another one during the World Series media session on Tuesday.

I name all my bats, he said.

This one, for reasons even he cannot explain, was calledFryer.

F-R-Y-E-R, Pence said. Whatever word comes to mind, Ijust write on it. If I know Im going to use em in a game, Ill name em.

What happened to a good old name like Wonderboy?

Oh, I had a Wonderboy a long time ago, he said.

It turns out Pence and his Fryer might have a happy ending. Greg Marinec, a longtime account manager with the Giants, saidone of his season-ticket holders left him a message Tuesday morning.

He was very excited, Marinec said. He purchased the batand said he wanted Hunter to have it. He was very serious about it.

Marinec wasnt sure if he should wait until after the seasonto pursue the bat, so as not to distract Pence as he prepares for the World Series.But given all the history and meaning behind that piece of splintered lumber, expect phone calls to be made in a hurry.

Oh, and if anyone has seen the ball that Marco Scutaro caughtin a rainstorm for the pennant-clinching out, give the Giants a holler. They cant seemto find that, either.

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte died early Sunday from a traffic accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.

Marte, a 33-year-old infielder, played for several Major League teams, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona, and was most recently playing in the Korean league.

Marte was playing in the Dominican winter league with the Aguilas Cibaenas team.

"We have awoken this Sunday with this sad news that we have lost a special being," club president Winston Llenas said in a statement about Marte.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.”