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Friday BP: Hunter Pence walks it off

Hunter Pence hit a walk-off home run while playing as Hunter Pence in a video game.

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We’re all hurting for live MLB baseball, and this is about as close as we’re going to get for a while. San Francisco Giants outfielder and beloved icon Hunter Pence is representing the Giants in an MLB The Show tournament.

A few days ago, Pence won a game by hitting a walk-off home run . . . with Hunter Pence.

His reaction was very Hunter Pence.


Elsewhere in Giants video world, broadcaster Dave Flemming hosted a video hangout with team president Larry Baer, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, and manager Gabe Kapler.

Ummm . . . perhaps not your favorite people in the world, for various non-baseball related reasons (and perhaps for baseball reasons, too). But it’s an hour-plus of baseball talk. I assume. I haven’t actually watch it. But that seems like the likely subject material.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Hey, thanks for asking. He certainly did.

April 24, 1998: Against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 7th inning off of Scott Karl. It cut the Giants deficit to 7-5, which was the final score. It was his 4th home run of the year.

April 24, 2001: Against the Cincinnati Reds, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off of Jim Brower, scoring Marvin Benard. It tied the game 3-3, though the Reds would win 9-5. It was his 9th home run of the year.

Giants links

Maria Guardado talks with Giants amateur scouting director Michael Holmes about the draft (MLB)

AMA with Giants GM Scott Harris (Reddit)

Podcast: Grant Brisbee and Andrew Baggarly talk with Mike Yastrzemski about staying ready (The Athletic, free)

Hank Schulman talks with Pat Burrell about 2010, and about being back in the Giants organization (SF Chronicle)

Alex Pavlovic, also on Pat Burrell and 2010 (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Zach Buchanan ranks the 100 greatest baseball nicknames, featuring numerous Giants past and present (The Athletic, subscription required)

Maria Guardado ranks the top shortstops in franchise history (MLB)

Manny Randhawa compares Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Mike Trout (MLB)

Patrick Mooney on how Jerry Krause, the former Chicago Bulls GM and “The Last Dance” villain, sounds just like a modern MLB GM (The Athletic, subscription required)

Eric Longenhagen updates the 2020 draft board (Fangraphs)