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Hunter Pence cleans out third-base coach Juan Samuel

Jul 7, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

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Hunter Pence bowled over third-base coach Juan Samuel on his way to scoring the Phillies’ first run Saturday night against the Braves.

Pence was on second with one out in the second when Juan Pierre hit a double to right. Apparently stunned by the rare extra-base hit from Pierre, Samuel found himself too close to the third-base line as Pence made a wide turn around the bag and ended up head over heels afterwards.

This is typically the part of the entry in which I’d provide a screen grab, but since it’s FOX time, the game isn’t available online.

Unlike the rest of the Phillies, Samuel wasn’t interested in laughing it off afterwards. In fact, he appeared pretty upset. Still, it was his own fault that he got put on his butt. Fortunately, Pence was able to score without incident after running through him.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    That is what Samuel gets for sending Fontenot the other night.

  2. skerney - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Whether it’s swinging, running, catching, or sliding, watching Hunter Pence reminds me of the stories my grandfather told me about watching DiMaggio. So graceful, so economical in movement.

    • paperlions - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      Well done.

      • js20011041 - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

        Really? Not saying anything about Pence as a player, but graceful isn’t the first word that comes to mind while watching him play. Honestly, he’s just kind of hunchbacked and awkward.

      • paperlions - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:14 PM


        He was being ironic (sensu stricto), saying the opposite of what he meant.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        That’s not Irony, that’s Sarcasm.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

        irony – the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:24 AM

        Irony has come to mean coincidence, but irony’s original usage was the conveyance of meaning exactly opposite of the literal statement. People now conflate coincidence, irony, and sarcasm.

      • js20011041 - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        Perhaps it would have been easier to discern the irony had he not used a player (DiMaggio) with the same body type as Pence. I’ll take those who have seen him play at their word regarding his grace, but DiMaggio has very much the same hunchbackedness as Hunter Pence.

    • sasquash20 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Run forrest, run!

  3. greggoldberg - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    This is the most Hunter Pence thing ever.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      Yeah, but it really wasn’t his fault. He plowed right over him though….and kept on trucking.

  4. rooney24 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Wait, I thought the runner was out if he made contact with the base coach. Is that not the case?

    • rooney24 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Never mind. It is only an out if the coach touches the runner while trying to stop the runner from advancing. Obviously not the case here.

  5. stairwayto7 - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Samuel was an over-rted 2nd baseman when he played for Philli in the 80’s and still over rated!

    • hittfamily - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      His ‘fro was vastly underrated though.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      Given what a flawed player he was, isn’t it interesting that he’s a coach?

      • stex52 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        Can’t say I remember seeing Samuel much. But I have always read that it is more the marginal players that make good coaches. The All-Stars just make it too easy. That’s why Ted Williams coulldn’t teach batting. He saw things other guys couldn’t see. The marginal guy has to develop the skills to his utmost just to make it into the MLB.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        1968 Washington Senators: 524 runs scored.
        1969 Washington Senators: 694 runs scored.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        It wore off, but he deserves some credit for his skills as a hitting coach. He was indifferent (at best) toward the pitchers, though.

  6. sjb48 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    I love how pence couldn’t stop laughing in the dugout! hilarious!!!

  7. jjschiller - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Right here:

    Samuel looks so mad. That’s like, 90% of the funny right there.

  8. mungman69 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Don’t you get extra points for running over the coach?

  9. hasbeen5 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    If he had time to run over his coach and still score without a throw, he also would have had time to chop his feet and make a tighter turn. Or he could have done what you’re taught to do, and make your swing before 3rd so that you’re running in a straight line to the plate.

    Watching this guy play annoys me. I know it’s irrational, he’s good, but it is what it is.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    I was at this game and it was hilarious. I have never seen that happen in any level game before.

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