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Tonight is Hunter Pence Bobblehead Night (!!!)

Kyle Scott - August 21, 2012

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COME OUT TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER AND ONE OF THE NEW FACES OF THE FRANCHISE! ALL FANS WILL RECEIVE A HUNTER PENCE BOBBLEHEAD, WHICH PAYS HOMAGE TO THE QUIRKY RIGHT FIELDER, WHO WE ALL LOVE SO MUCH.

LET’S GO EAT, YOU SAY? YES, LET’S. THE SPECIAL FOR THE EVENING IS ONE BOBBLING PENCE, IN AN ALTERNATE UNIFORM, WITH HIS TRADEMARKED HIGH LEG KICK.

AND DON’T WORRY, UNLIKE THAT OSWALT BOBBLEHEAD YOU HAVE, THE PENCE BOBBLEHEAD WON’T BE GOING OUT OF STYLE ANYTIME SOON. HE’S UNDER CONTRACT WITH THE PHILLIES THROUGH THE END OF NEXT SEASON. HE’S ONLY 29, IN THE PRIME OF HIS CAREER AND, ALONG WITH RYAN HOWARD, IS ONE OF ONLY TWO PLAYERS THE PHILLIES CAN COUNT ON NEXT SEASON TO HIT 20 HOME RUNS AND DRIVE IN AT LEAST 90 RUNS. SO COME ON OUT TO CITIZENS BANK PARK TO GET YOUR HUNTER PENCE BOBBLEHEAD AT THE 265TH CONSECUTIVE SELLOUT AS THE PHILS GO FOR A SIXTH STRAIGHT DIVISION CROWN! WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE ARM-FLAILING TUBEMEN! 

Never mind. The Phils had this planned for months and got permission from Pence to hand out his bobblehead even though he’s, you know, a Giant. Still, I’m sure a few folks will gleefully accept their collector’s item. But someone should tell this kid his shipment isn’t coming:

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Poor guy.

Video: MLB Fan Cave’s Creepy Gotye Parody About Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence

Kyle Scott - August 6, 2012

Not that any parody of a Gotye song wouldn’t be creepy, but this one, performed by MLB Fan Cave dweller Gordon Mack, sets the bar. 

I can’t decide if I like it or hate it. Admittedly, I looked like this guy for most of the day last Tuesday, but Hunter Pence’s contributions and tenure with the Phillies were much less than Shane Victorino’s.

The Victo trade hit me a lot harder as it symbolized the end of an era. The Pence trade was just pointless– he was a under team control next season, in the prime of his career, and could realistically be counted on for 25 home runs and 90 RBIs. Now we're stuck with Dom Brown, some other slop, and and some extra room under the luxary tax threshold. Cool, guys.

Once again, thanks to our friends at (@SportsTalkPhila) for discovering our video entertainment for the afternoon.

It’s Going to be Difficult to Keep Following Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence on Twitter

Kyle Scott - August 1, 2012

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Gah! I told you this was going to happen. Shane Victorino tweeting LA freeway pictures? Hunter Pence tweeting videos of his coffee cup? GAH! 

God, a year ago, we would have eaten this stuff up. Now I’m searching for the “unfollow” button. At least Shane has a Phillies plush toy in his locker.

Other news: The Dodgers designated Bobby Abreu for assignment to make room for Shane Victorino. My, how this world turns.

Video: The Hunter Hath Arrived… in San Francisco

Kyle Scott - August 1, 2012

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Let me eat?

Ugh. If you want to injure your soul a bit more, here’s video of Hunter Pence arriving in San Francisco last night. The shot is quite similar to what we saw on CSN locally last summer, when Pence arrived in an SUV in the bowels of CBP. The scene is the same. The location, much different.

Pence was immediately greeted by a blonde, however. So, yeah, he’s going to do just fine in San Fran.

Video after the jump.

via The School Philly

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Hunter Pence Speaks to Reporters, Shane Victorino Tweets

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2012

Reporters didn’t get to speak with Victorino, it seems. But he tweeted:

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Tough to see.

Hunter Pence Bobblehead Night is Still on for August 21

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2012

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Here, would you like some insult with your injury?

Many of you have been tweeting, what happens to Hunter Pence bobblehead night on August 21? Well! Phillies.com reporter Todd Zolecki says it’s still on, because that sellout streak isn’t going to keep itself alive:

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Before leaving, Pence spoke with reporters: [Philly.com]

"I had nothing but great memories here in Philadelphia," he said. "I am nothing but thankful for the opportunity to play — unbelievable teammates and really the organization is a class act all the way from the top down. The fans made it an absolute blast to play for, so it was a great experience."

 

And on Twitter:

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He’ll be dining elsewhere now.

UPDATE: Hunter Pence Traded to Giants, According to Reports

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2012

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An exclusive shot of the Phillies Nation

According to reports, the Phillies have traded Hunter Pence to the Giants in exchange for minor league catcher Tommy Joseph, 21, who was the Giants' second round pick in the 2009 draft. The Phils may also receive outfielder Nate Schierholtz.

Joseph is a promising prospect who is batting .260 with 8 home runs and 38 RBIs this season in double-A.

It’s the second trade of a Phillies outfielder to the left coast in less than an hour. 

The deal is not done, as teams are reportedly waiting one more physical. But it’s done. Pence is gone. The Phillies, purged. The 2012 season, ashes. 

UPDATEJerry Crasnick reports that the deal is not done and some issues need to be completed beyond physicals.

UPDATE 2: It's official. Phillies receive Joseph, Schierholtz and Single-A pitcher Seth Rosin.

Philly.com Reported a Fake Hunter Pence Trade Rumor Last Night

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2012

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Move, move! Gotta get to San Fran!

When so many rumors come flying through the interwebtuals at a high rate of speed, sometimes it can be difficult to keep up. And, unfortunately, it's rather easy to get duped.

So that leads several – likely those who have never seen another human being naked (in person) or people who spent their formative years in a hole similar to the prison in Dark Knight Rises – to create fake Twitter accounts for respected reporters by changing just one letter or using an upper-case I in place of a lower-case l in a Twitter handle (see what l mean?). It’s happened to Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal, Jim Salisbury and others, and, when it does, thousands are fooled into thinking their team just pulled off a ridiculous trade. Usually, the media is there to quickly debunk such pranks… but sometimes they, too, fall for the ruse.

Enter Philly.com, home of the Inquirer and – checks to make sure it still prints – the Daily News.

Last night, on their highest of cheeses blog, they took the baton on a fake Hunter Pence to the Giants trade rumor reported by Ken Rosenthai, ran with it, and dove across the finish line:

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Oops. A few poor souls were perplexed at the news:

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Their Twitter account quickly backtracked:

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Weren't the only ones? No, just the only local paper of record.

We have a good idea who was responsible for the rush to report, but it’s not worth naming names. Everyone makes mistakes. Of course, if, say, a blog were to do this, media types would be all over it, stepping up on their ink-stained soapboxes to slam new media and the rush to be first instead of accurate. They’d sound like Frank Langella’s Richard Nixon and start shouting things like: These blogs always get things wrong. It’s part of their culture. But not newspapers. Look, when you’re working at the paper of record, you got to do a lot of things sometimes that are not always in the strictest sense, accurate, but you do them because they’re in the greater good of the dying business. And what I’m saying is that when Philly.com does it, that means it’s not illegal.

I actually wrote that whole thing out while using Langella’s Frost/Nixon voice, which, oddly, sounds very similar to my Bane voice. Seriously, just change one inflection and, boom, the masked man. Ah, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding! 

Anyway, all the Philly.com folks had to do was a quick check of followers on that fake Rosenthal account. They didn’t. They just repeated the news as gospel.