The Giants, down 0-2 in their Division Series with the Reds and playing Game 3 in Cincinnati, held a team meeting before what could’ve been their final game of the year. Manager Bruce Bochy said a few words, then handed the baton to Hunter Pence… which is curious, because Hunter Pence has only been with the Giants for nine weeks.
It turned out to be the right move, and if the Giants somehow turn this thing around — which is not completely out of the question, since the Reds are suddenly at a loss for starting pitching after San Fran’s 2-1, 10-inning win last night — Pence’s speech will be seen as the pivotal momentum swing.
“The words were like poetry, but the way he delivered it was very moving,” said relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. “He stepped up and inspired the whole team. When that thing was over, you just wanted to start head-buttin’ people.”
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a speech where you want to just attack everything around you after you’ve heard it.
So, what did Pence say, exactly? Shortly after Game 3, Giants third base coach Tim Flannery posted this transcript on Facebook, which we’ve [sic’d].
“get in here, everyone get in here..look into each other eyes..now! look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on said the Reverend Hunter Pence. ” and no matter what happens we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys, I need to see what Theriot (jerry) will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind Vogelsong because he’s never been to the playoffs..play for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it’s all we have left”…………for me an old coach it moved me like I have never been moved before…purity, real, passion, soul. the last of the holdouts this Pence..no arrows being shot, no hey look at me, no spotlight on me, no dance but “play for each other”…honor the game the game honors you..don’t know where and when it ends, but tonight I was proud to be together as a team, in a hostile environment, with just us..brothers that play for the name on the front, not the name on the back.”
If that weren’t enough, the Reverend Hunter Pence also delivered a key 10th inning single that helped San Fran’s rally along. He will indeed see what Theriot will wear today, because Game 4 is this afternoon at 4:00pm.