CINCINNATI — The San Francisco Giants still were talking Wednesday about the inspirational speech Hunter Pence gave before their game Tuesday night, helping extend their season by a day.
Giants third base coach Tim Flannery posted on his band’s Facebook page, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, a summary of what Pence told his teammates.
“The Reverend Hunter Pence” said, according to Flannery, “get in here, everyone get in here … Look into each other eyes..Now! Look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on, and no matter what happens we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys, I need to see what [Ryan] Theriot will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind [Ryan] Vogelsong because he’s never been to the playoffs..Play for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it’s all we have left.”.
The Giants won, 2-1, in 10 innings, prompting this response from Flannery:.
“For me an old coach, it moved me like I have never been moved before,” Flannery said on his Facebook page. “Purity, real, passion, soul. The last of the holdouts this Pence..No arrows being shot, no hey look at me, no spotlight on me, no dance but “play for each other”….
“Honor the game the game honors you..Don’t know where and when it ends, but tonight I was proud to be together as a team, in a hostile environment, with just us..Brothers that play for the name on the front, not the name on the back.”.
Needless to say, the Giants absolutely loved it, and if the Giants come back to win this series, Pence may have carved a niche in Giants’ folklore. He not only made a diving catch in right field, but got a huge hit in the 10th inning, hobbling to first base with calf problems.