SAN FRANCISCO –- Hunter Pence already found a way to turn a negative into a positive after his scooter was stolen.
Now that he has it back, he thinks he knows a way to keep paying it forward.
“Maybe we’ll put the scooter up for auction so we can do something good in the community,” said Pence, hours after San Francisco police officers delivered his motorized ride to AT&T Park while the Giants were playing the Chicago Cubs. “See, this is one of those `Together we’re Giant’ stories. Everybody had my back so much. So maybe this is a way to do something for charity.”
Pence already ordered a new $4,000 scooter after his previous one was stolen outside a restaurant on the Embarcadero Sunday night. He learned of its safe return while jogging back to the dugout during the game. Reliever Juan Gutierrez had a big smile as he broke the news.
“We can all sleep tonight,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, dryly. “He got the scooter back.”
Pence isn’t sure who should receive the various rewards that were offered, including dinner for two at Epic Roasthouse, where Pence was dining on Sunday, as well as a signed Pence bobblehead.
“Maybe we’ll give it to the police officer who brought it in,” said Pence, who was told the scooter was turned in anonymously to a station.
Pence would like to think the perpetrators realized after the flood of publicity that they did something wrong and thought better of themselves after the fact.
Then Pence got on his scooter and rode off into the sunset.
(All right, I didn’t actually witness that. I’ve just always wanted to end a story that way.)