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Newly acquired infielder Scooter Gennett made his Giants home debut Monday night, and shared a pretty remarkable story about an interaction with a fan when Oracle Park was still known AT&T Park.
In May 2018, Gennett was a member of the visiting Cincinnati Reds when he encountered a Giants fan at a gas station somewhere in the Bay Area.
“What’s crazy is there’s a gentleman that I met a few days before at the gas station, where I was going to get some Gatorade and stuff,” Gennett told reporters before Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals. “He had a trench coat and came up to me and said, ‘You’re Scooter Gennett.'”
According to Gennett, the fan regularly attends Giants games and scavenges for home run balls.
“I was surprised he knew me,” Gennett said. “He said, ‘I watch every game.’ He stands and looks through the chain fence out there in right field. His objective is to get home run balls even if it’s diving in the water. I told him, ‘I’ll hit you one.'”
Sure enough, Gennett hit a home run during that May 16 game, but didn’t know what happened to the ball until after the game.
“I kind of forgot about it,” he said. “I hit one, and after the game, I’m walking to the bus, and there’s a guy in a trench coat with a ball. I get on the bus and start thinking about it. I look on the app and see the highlight, and I see this guy run and get the ball. And so I get off the bus, and he’s like, ‘I got your ball. You actually hit me a home run ball.’
“It was a special thing. What are the chances of that?”
Gennett went 1-for-3 at the plate during Monday night’s 4-0 loss to the Nationals. Since joining the Giants after the trade deadline, he’s 3-for-14 (.214) and has one home run.
The Giants play the Nationals again at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Scooter-Gennett-fan-Oracle-Park-home-run-story-MLB-14283993.php.