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To borrow a phrase, it’s clear that Hunter Pence has left his heart in San Francisco.
The Giants fan favorite, who signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers last week, penned a tribute to his former club in the Players’ Tribune. In it, he revealed two of his favorite San Francisco encounters, both of which are pretty darn cute.
One was from his first month in San Francisco, after being traded to the Giants from Philadelphia in 2012. He was getting dinner in the city with his family when another diner recognized him. The man “immediately belted out, ‘LET’S go GI-ants!’ He then stood up and did it a second time, joined by the rest of his table. Shortly thereafter, most everyone in the restaurant stood up and applauded.”
“I’ll never forget the way that made me feel and how special it was to be a part of,” Pence wrote.
The second encounter came two years later, with the Giants mired in a deep slump. Pence recalled riding his scooter home and “feeling kinda down.” Paused at a stoplight, a stranger hailed Pence over.
“I want you to know we believe in you guys. You are going to pull out of this mess and be just fine,” the man told Pence.
“As I rode away I thought to myself, This guy believes in us now in the toughest time,” wrote Pence. “I promise that I’ll be damned if I don’t find a way to believe too.”
Pence, 35, has returned to his hometown Texas Rangers to attend major-league spring training. If he is added to the 40-man roster, he will receive a one-year, $2 million contract.
You can read the rest of Pence’s thank-you to San Francisco here.
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