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The Giants sold Hunter Pence’s broken bat

Oct 24, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

You’d think that the bat used by Hunter Pence to hit that screwball single in Game 7 would be a piece of history for the Giants or Pence. You know, the bat that actually hit the bat a few times and produced this astounding slo-mo replay:


Yep, wanna hold on to that one, don’t you?  But hey, does anyone know where it is?  Andrew Baggarly of do you know where it is?

Sold, for $400, to a fan at the From the Clubhouse game-used merchandise stall behind Section 119 just an hour after the Giants’ 9-0, pennant-clinching victory over the Cardinals Monday night.

You’d think that whoever is in charge of the game-used merchandise store would maybe appreciate the significance of it, but I guess not.

Still, a happy ending is likely. The man who bought the bat — which Pence named “Fryer,” by the way, as he names all of his bats — has contacted the Giants and wants Pence to have it back.

The end.




  1. stex52 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    News flash. Managing a baseball team is about money. We are the ones who care about history. They only do if there is cash on the bottom line.

    Fortunately, this fan seems to be more in line with us baseball commenters.

    • craggt - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      News flash. They could have sold that bat for WAY more than $400, especially if the Giants end up winning the World Series. If all they cared about was cash at the bottom line they would have sold it for much much more.

      • stex52 - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        I just said they were in it for money. I didn’t say they were smart.

    • indaburg - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      400 measly bucks? The Giants could’ve held on to it for luck during the series. (Like that nurse in that oft running J&J commercial, I believe in science and reason, but I also believe in hedging your bets. The Baseball Gods are some capricious creatures.) If they didn’t want to keep it after that for posterity, auction it off for charity. It would get much more than $400.

  2. jkcalhoun - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    It would be delightful if the delightfully weird yet motivational Hunter Pence would delight up a few more baseballs with his delightfully named bats.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    If the Giants win the World Series, the bat should probably go to Cooperstown as part of their 2012 Championship season display. If they lose, then $400 is probably a pretty good price to fetch for it.

  4. sdelmonte - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Didn’t he buy the bat three times?

    That triple-hit is mesmerizing. And makes me think that at last there is someone who can hit off Bugs Bunny’s slowball.

  5. JB (the original) - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    How much you wanna bet he gets way more than $400 (in value) worth of stuff from Pence. Nowhere does he say he’s giving it back for free–just that he’d like Pence to have it back.

  6. Hunter Pence's Eyes - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Amazing play, i watched the whole thing.

  7. jeffbbf - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    wow – pretty nasty reaction to an organization that’s gotten you to the WS twice in the last 3 years. Seems to me, at least for the Giants, they’re all about WINNING. Pence didn’t even know he hit the ball 3 times, so this phenomenon was pretty much all post-game for the players and management. All broken bats, by matter of policy, are grabbed by the bat boys and immediately sent to the game used store. So some bat boy grabs the bat and does what he is supposed to do with it, and the store clerk does the same. It was the 4th inning of game 7, not a bottom of the 9th game-winning hit. C’mon folks, try not to be so cynical.

  8. card0109 - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Can someone point out where the third hit on the bat was? I’ve watched this GIF on replay and can still only see two knocks (the initial hit and the one after the bat shattered).

    • cur68 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Watch in untra slo-mo. As McBuck never tire of reminding us, there is a 500 frame/sec (I think) camera in the camera pit. On that slow motion replay you can easily see all three hits. In the GIF up on this post, you can’t because the 2nd bounce is real quick.

    • section138 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      You can see the super slo-mo gif here

      • section138 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        Well, no you can’t. Stupid me and the stupid linking in the internet thing. Here, cut and paste this:

      • card0109 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Awesome, thanks everyone! Both the slow and the super slo-mo are a little bit mesmerizing to watch… I sort of felt like I was watching Roy Hobbs hit his last homerun… Not making comparisons of The Natural and this play, but the video really has a cinematic feel to it.

        Off topic, I wonder if the guy who bought the bat also got the shard that flew back towards Pence’s jersey or if that got lost on the field. If not, he got screwed. $400 for most-but-not-all of a bat… what a rip-off…

  9. randygnyc - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Card0109- from the angle in the gif, the bat obscures the third contact, which was the one ultimately supplying the strange spin to the ball. During game replays they showed the overhead angle and it clearly showed the bat striking the ball 3 separate times (in super slow mo).

  10. aroomadazda - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    They sell game-used merchandise? How cool is that. Next time I am down there I am gonna check it out!

    That bat should be in some sort of trophy case somewhere at the park.

  11. SOBEIT - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I can’t believe my team the Giants did this? What could have been so important at the time to not put all focus on getting the bat to Cooperstown. I mean all they did was win a trip to the WS, come back from being down 3-1, have a pitcher on the mound who struggled against the Cards in the previous start, the final game of a 7 game series where they should have been eliminated at least 6 other times, all while the rain was dumping to end the game hoping it would not be delayed by the ump. But yeah, where is the bat? That’s all you should expect anyone on the Giants staff or team to care about. Snark!

  12. bayarea510 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Oh and it now seems that the Giants have also misplaced the Ball from the last out that Marco Scuarto caught….so you know give them a call if you find it.

  13. bh192012 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I understand why it’s kinda interesting, but I don’t understand why it’s important? I understand it’s appeal as a goofy wierd artifact (something to sell to fans after the game,) but not an important artifact.

  14. bbk1000 - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    This makes sense…this is a move the Mets would make….the Giants left NY, the Mets replaced them….pay it forward…..or backwards for that matter..

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