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.

Giants release veteran infielder Gordon Beckham upon his request

Giants release veteran infielder Gordon Beckham upon his request

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants released veteran infielder Gordon Beckham on Thursday. Beckham had requested his release after being told he would not make the Opening Day roster.

The veteran infielder was in camp in hopes of winning a backup infield job, but in a crowded field, he was not headed for a spot. The Giants like Beckham's glove and love his presence in the clubhouse, but they're looking for bigger bats on their bench. Aaron Hill and Jae-gyun Hwang are among the newcomers who were ahead of Beckham on the depth chart.

"As is his right, he requested and was granted his release so he could look for other opportunities," general manager Bobby Evans said. "We were up against the clock. We needed to let him know where things stood. There are a number of (other) options here."

Beckham hit .217 with the Braves last season before being acquired by the Giants in the final week of the season. He would have been due a $100,000 bonus on March 28. The Giants were preparing to release him before that date.

Posey describes WBC: ‘Some of the most fun baseball I’ve ever played’

Posey describes WBC: ‘Some of the most fun baseball I’ve ever played’

Buster Posey already has three World Series rings to his name. And after Team USA's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night, Posey can add 2017 World Baseball Classic champion to his ever-evolving list of accomplishments. 

On Thursday, Posey went to Instagram to show how much he truly enjoyed his time with Team USA. 

Posey wrote: "Great experience playing in the WBC! Some of the most fun baseball I've ever played!"

Great experience playing in the WBC! Some of the most fun baseball I've ever played! 🇺🇸#teamusa #wbc2017

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To preserve the catcher's health, manager Jim Leyland rotated Posey and Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy every other game, playing four each.

Posey finished the 2017 WBC hitting .267/.313/.667 and tied for the team lead with two home runs while driving in four runs.