In case your man crush (or lady crush) meter hasn’t already reached uncomfortable, here’s some more to chew on:
One often overlooked aspect of mid-season trades is the immediate lifestyle changes that come for a player. Pence, who was presumably fairly settled in Houston and on a road trip in Milwaukee, had to pick up and fly to Philadelphia, play two games in 24 hours, and then hop a charted Delta jet for a 10-game West Coast swing. Not easy.
On Saturday, he talked at length about trying to find red Reebok spikes that he could wear, since he has an endorsement contract with said shoe company. He never found them. So, yesterday, he had the Phillies’ equipment staff paint his black, number-nine spikes red to comply with MLB uniform guidelines. He Tweeted that his new ones will be delivered on Tuesday.
Pence, obviously, doesn’t have a car or a home in Philly. After the game, he told reporters he was picked up at his hotel by Chase Utley, who briefly showed him around the city and bought him coffee. Bromance, yo.
He also only had turf shoes to wear on yesterday’s flight to Colorado. Luckily (I think), Cliff Lee hooked up him with some good ‘ol cowboy boots:
Perhaps his meal schedule is screwed up, too. When asked by Sarge what he was thinking rounding third en route to scoring the winning run, Pence said, “Good game, let’s go eat.”
Video of his post-game interview with Sarge and presser with reporters (via Ryan Lawrence of the Delco Times), after the jump.