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Report: Phillies “Eager” to Trade Hunter Pence

Kyle Scott - July 24, 2012

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Here’s a name we haven’t heard too much in trade rumors– Hunter Pence. 

Bow-tie man Ken Rosenthal writes the following: [FOX Sports]

The Phillies continue to signal to clubs that they are eager to move right fielder Hunter Pence, who could earn $13 million to $14 million next season in his final year of arbitration.

Pence, 29, is batting .268 with a .789 OPS, 17 homers and 57 RBI. His value could be enhanced by the signings of the San Diego PadresCarlos Quentin and Toronto Blue JaysEdwin Encarnacion and their respective removals from the trade market. But few teams are willing to assume high salaries and part with significant prospects. 

 

Trading Pence, who is in the prime of his career and under the Phillies’ control next season, would, to me, symbolize a rebuilding effort a bit more extensive than previously thought. As we’re seeing now, Pence is a very valuable player when guys like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are hitting around him.

via Hardball Talk

GIF Hunter Pence Truck Sticks Juan Samuel

Kyle Scott - July 8, 2012

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In what has to be some sort of symbolism for the Phillies not being able to get out of their own way this season, here’s a .GIF of Hunter Pence knocking over Juan Samuel as he awkwardly ambled toward home in the second inning of the Phils’ 351st loss of the season.

Hunter Pence Continues His Affinity For Blondes

Kyle Scott - June 20, 2012

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Hunter’s new girlfriend, via HughE Dillon

A trifecta! Hunter has hit the trifecta (and probably then some)!

When Pence arrived in Philly, he was dating former Houston Texans cheerleader Lindsay Slott. Chronicled here.

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Then, following a reported meeting at Cole Hamels’ Diamonds and Denim and water bottle in the pants event last year, Pence began dating local playmate Shannon James. They went to Cabo together, as chronicled here.

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Now, our friend HughE (that’s a capital E, gents) Dillon of PhillyChitChat.com, sends along the above photo (up top) of Pence and who we now know is his current girlfriend – ready for this name? – Savannah Swetland (pronounced: sweat-land), whom he met in Clearwater.

We think we’ve figured out his type: Southern Belle-looking blondes with big hair and porn star-sounding names. In other words, anyone from The Hills (but sorry, Hunter, Mike Richards has a leg up on you there).

And now we ask you, the sweaty and wet reader on this hot day, who you got?

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PhillyChitChat has more photos of Swetland. Video is after the jump.

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Your Monday Morning Roundup: Ty Wigginton Ruins Your Weekend, Today Enjoys a Peaceful Morning on a Boat Edition!

Kyle Scott - June 11, 2012

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I’m offended by Ty Wigginton’s decision to wear a Phillies fleece in public. Also, I imagine Hunter leaning over the boat railing and plunging into the water head-first, excitedly grabbing at the first fish he sees instead of waiting patiently for the larger fish to arrive. But hey, at least he didn’t spike this creature to shortstop after the photo was taken. At least, we don’t think he did.

Let’s hit it.

 

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The roundup:

– Joe Blanton celebrated mediocrity on Saturday by attending the Baltimore Aquarium with his family:

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– In case you haven’t heard, Freddy Galvis likely broke his fucking back. He’ll get a second opinion this week, which, presumably, will confirm that there’s a fracture in his spine. He was 22.

– Jerry Sandusky’s trial begins today. We’ll have any notable updates that come down. A few Twitter follows for those who are interested:

Philly Mag's Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli)

The very sexy Courtney Brennan (@WPXI_Courtney)

– The Eagles PR apparatus continues with their push to make Andy Reid seem human. Reid will be doing a chat on Philly.com at 3 p.m. You won’t want to miss that. I have it at 6:1 that he uses at least one emoticon. He seems like a surprising emoticon user. Don’t know why. I have a feel for these things.

– Indians closer Chris Perez got the save yesterday, then he threw up. On the field.

Tony Romo showed up to play basketball with a bunch of Druish people at a community center in Dallas. Pressure got to him by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, though.

Well hello, friends. Gorgeous day today on the front nine at Pebble Beach, where I’m going to marry my 33-year-old girlfriend and Tom Brady is going to attend. There’s not a conflict of interest at all there. None at all. Now watch as I line up for the kiss. A smooch for the ages. Nantz getting in someone’s pants!

Jim Nantz got married on the seventh hole at Pebble Beach and Tom Brady attended.

– Jorge Solar – or, George Sun – the Cuban sensation, will be signing with a Major League team soon. The Phillies have been somewhat linked to him.

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– Phillies e-cards from Zoo With Roy

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Jillian Mele’s Twitter, a celebration of single, perky-titted local TV personalities, is a gift to humanity and aligns perfectly with NBC 10’s new strategy of putting as many attractive reporters on-air as possible, betting that you won’t notice what they’re saying. It’s working, so far.

Morning Wood: Hunter Pence’s Food and Fun and Food and Fun and Food and Fun Event

Kyle Scott - June 1, 2012

All was quiet in the land of the injured yesterday– the Phillies were off. But, in the evening, Hunter Pence held his Let’s Go Eat: Food and Fun Fest on the Moooooshoooelouuu (as he calls it).

Our friends from La Salle TV’s SportsTalk Philadelphia were on hand and sent along some footage from the event, which includes Pence, Hamels, Victorino, and Ruben Amaro playing ping pong.

Funny thing about Amaro’s ping pong game: after a few volleys with the little white balls, he gets really pissed off if his opponent doesn’t return to him a gigantic softball, two baseballs, a ping pong ball to be named later, and cash considerations. After years of trading with Ed Wade, Amaro just assumes this is how life works.*

*Jokes, here all week.

Thankfully, NBC 10's Jillian Mele was there and posted pictures on her Twitter. Ayla Brown sighting, too:

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One question: Where is Sheena Parveen and WHY IS SHE NOT IN THESE PHOTOS?!!

Nice work by Hunter, though. The event looked like a real home run.

Semis:

– Amaro said nothing about the injuries last night.

– Received some photos in the mail yesterday from the Home Runs For Heart Media Day. That’s me on the right– eyes on the ball, arms extended, hips cleared. Our “style editor,” Dan Fuller, is on the left. He, um, looks like he’s trying to shovel dirt with a golf club. Nice hat, though.

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Hunter Pence Apologizes For Fielding Errors

Kyle Scott - May 17, 2012

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Oh, how refreshing. 

Hunter Pence was a guest on the WIP Morning Show today to promote his Let’s Go Eat Food and Fun Fest, which will feature, predictably, food, fun and ping pong, and will benefit the Make-A Wish Foundation, Philabundance and Phillies Charities.

Angelo Cataldi quickly steered the conversation toward Hunter’s struggles (that’s being kind) in the field. 

Pence apologized:

“I can’t really explain it other than a debacle. It’s just been bad. The thing is now I’m just out there and like alright, just relax, focus harder. You know, it’s just one of those things that happens. You can’t explain it all. You’re like, sometimes they’re easy plays, you drop the ball when you’re going really fast, you take your eye off it because you’re looking to throw before you catch it. I’ve just got to slow down and play my game. I’m going to make some good plays in the outfield and just stay on the game and don’t let if affect me. Because if I get in my head it will be even worse. It’s been a debacle. Sorry about that, Philly.”

 

Now, if Hunter Pence were Ilya Bryzgalov: What, I hit two home run on that game. You are forget that. You guys only focus on negative. What about “Go Let Us Eat?” You like that. Now you just want to talk about balls I miss.

Pence – the real one – continued:

“Just the passion Philly has for all their sports teams… that’s one of my favorite things in Philly: everyone knows what’s going on with all the teams, and everyone can talk about it. You’re huge– your Flyers you’re Sixers and Eagles and you’re Phillies. And you’re all in every day, and it’s part of being a Philadelphian. Really, it’s fun to be a player in the city when the whole city is like that. And you could go talk with anyone you walk by in the street about the game last night and they all know what’s happening. “

 

And that, Philadelphia, is why certain players are given more slack here. It’s an interesting dichotomy between a player like Pence, who was rightfully booed the other day, and Bryzgalov, who was also rightfully booed at times this season. Pence handled himself beautifully… Bryz, on the other hand, this.

Sure, Pence may have a gift of bullshit that some don’t possess. But his comments should still serve as a guide to players like Bryz and the dozen or so jackasses on the Eagles who spend more time worrying about fans booing than they doing fixing their on-field issues.

Audio after the jump.

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Hunter Pence Redeems Himself, His Ex-Girlfriend Live Tweets Her Emotions, And More!

Kyle Scott - May 15, 2012

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We shall call this the Kim Batiste GameAny game in which an ace starter gives you seven or more stellar innings only to see his lead vanish thanks to shitty relief pitching and an awful error, but the team prevails when the goat (not Wilson Valdez) redeems himself in walk-off fashion. 

Cliff Lee pissed eight innings of excellence. His stream, golden-hued, frothy and uninterrupted. 

It was beautiful.

His fastballs gently rubbed the outside corner. His changeups deployed their parachutes mid-flight. And his curve balls left rainbow trails while tiny gnomes, along for the ride, mooned batters as their spaceships dipped into pots of gold shaped like Brian Schneider’s catcher’s mitt. It was all quite homoerotic, actually. Beautiful. But homerotic.

Anyway, Chad Qualls and Hunter Pence shit on Lee’s excellence without so much as a courtesy flush.

Those who skipped work or have nonsensical jobs like me: Raise your hand if you knew Qualls was going to hock up a two-run ninth inning lead?

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So did Lee. Look at his face after he finished off the Astros in the eighth:

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He knew it. He fucking knew it.

Of course Jonathan Papelbon would be unavailable on the one days he’s actually needed. Yet when J.D. Martinez hit a two-out single to right field in the ninth, the Phillies were given a gift. The gift of life: pinch-runner Brian Bogusevic – the tying run – stopped at third, preserving the lead for the Phillies.

He stopped at third until Pence managed to squirt the ball out of his throwing hand like a frightened prisoner handling soap during his first communal shower at the state penitentiary. 

Slip. Run scored. Me, doubled over in front of my TV like a frightened pr… never mind.

Game, tied. Lead, blown. Lee, winless, pissing into the wind.

Luckily, rookie Jake Diekman, who looks like a cross between Ryan Madson and a serial killer (not mutually exclusive) spliced with Timothy McVeigh and a character from Children of the Corn - my preferred appearance for relievers – was able to shut the Astros down for the rest of the ninth and the tenth innings.

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Mows down hitters, eats them

In the bottom of the tenth, enter Pence, who was reprising the role of 1993 Kim Batiste as he hit his second home run of the day:

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You got two of them, kid. Now go eat.

Brett Myers, who looks like he’s gained 50 pounds and six tattoos, gave up the walk-off blast, but he didn’t think it looked like trouble off the bat:

"I honestly thought it was going to fall in front of the left fielder or possibly a sliding catch. I didn't think he hit it good at all."

 

Pence’s ex-girlfriend, Lindsay Slott, an Astros fan with whom Hunter broke up just weeks after being traded to the Phillies, gave running commentary on Pence’s up-and-down afternoon.

First, the fielding gaff:

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Video: Hunter Pence Played Ping Pong on NBC’s 10! Show Today

Kyle Scott - May 14, 2012

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NBC Philadelphia forged ahead with its new content strategy today: having it’s hottest talent (and Bill Henley, apparently) do everyday things with Hunter Pence. 

Back in February, Pence went on a lunch date with a gushing Sheena Parveen. That went well:

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Today, Pence stopped by the 10! (!!!!!!) Show, where he played ping pong with Jillian Mele and… um… does it really matter who sits alongside Jillian Mele? She could have co-hosted today’s show with a snail and it still would have been uncomfortably sexy.

Hunter also did a Q & A for NBC’s website.

Video after the jump.

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