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Sunday BP: Hunter Pence makes everything better

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It may be a bad year, but at least we’ve got Hunter Pence.

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Hello and happy Sunday. I hope your Saturday was good. I hope your Sunday is better.

I’ve talked a bit about how I think it’s perfectly fine to be apprehensive about the upcoming 2020 MLB season, while also being excited about it. I think that’s how a lot of us feel. I, for one, don’t think baseball should be happening; but it is, and I’m giddy at the notion of having the San Francisco Giants on my TV in 11 short long days.

Something that helps me feel that excitement is Hunter Pence. I was happy when the Giants re-signed Pence in January, and that was without knowing what we know now. Now it feels like a necessity.

The world may be awful, and a season that shouldn’t happen may be happening, but at least we have Pence.

The Giants feel similarly, and late last week put out a short video of Hunter being Hunter at the team’s Summer Camp. There’s hitting, throwing, elbow bumping, and yes, dancing.

Watch it. For one minute, all will feel right in the world.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Obviously he did.

July 12, 1998: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of Pedro Astacio, scoring Bill Mueller. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, but they would lose 5-3. It was his 19th homer of the year.

July 12, 2001: Against the Seattle Mariners, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 1st inning off of Paul Abbott. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, but they would lose 4-3 in 11 innings. It was his 40th homer of the year.

July 12, 2003: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Curt Schilling. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and they would win 8-1. It was his 5th straight game with a homer, and his 30th of the year.

And on this day in 2004 he was intentionally walked in the home run derby:

Have a great Sunday everyone.