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Hunter Pence is in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 21, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

The Giants own Twitter feed says so:


Accompanying that is this video detailing Pence’s adherence to the paleo diet:

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I’m trying to do this to some extent. Not hardcore or anything, but in the same direction. It’s only been a week for me and I have thus far been unable to not constantly think of pizza and fat sandwiches. So, yeah, it’s a process. Good for Pence, though.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    what’s a paleo diet? I’m on a cell and my internet is not working. I’m trying diets out too so this seems interesting

    • Craig Calcaterra - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Some people call it the caveman diet. Basically: lean meats, vegetables, eggs, nuts, some dairy. No grains/breads/carbs, processed foods or sugars. Usually no beans too, though many modify it to include beans.

      General idea: people evolved for four million years to only eat those things (i.e. food that hunter/gathering people ate) and thus food that is the product of agriculture and manufacturing is unnatural.

      Whatever the underpinnings of it, which whatever, it is a pretty healthy diet as far as weight loss and things because you basically are eating a shit-ton of vegetables if you’re doing it right.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        General idea: people evolved for four million years to only eat those things (i.e. food that hunter/gathering people ate) and thus food that is the product of agriculture and manufacturing is unnatural.

        Yes well said people also generally had a life expectancy of only 25-30. Notice how our metabolism falls off sharply after 25? Mother nature didn’t expect us to cheat with medication, agriculture, tehcnology, sanitation, etc. to extend our lifespans to nearly three times what the original homo-sapiens specifications called for.

        Not saying it isn’t healthy, it is very good for weight loss, but I find the whole: “Cavemen ate this thousands of years ago and they were fine” argument to sidestep quite a number of side issues.

      • paperlions - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Death due to old age (i.e. system breakdowns, cancer, etc.) has never been that early for Homo sapiens (or any other species of Homo). If not killed by disease, starvation, physical injury, etc., most research indicates that people likely commonly lived to be 60+ years old before dying of natural causes. Yes, there is a reason that metabolism changes and that hormone levels change, but it isn’t because you should be dead, but at a different stage in life (i.e. mostly done making and raising kids).

    • Cereal - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Perhaps you should try the google machine

      • heyblueyoustink - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Hmmm…. “Cereal” chiming in on a diet post? I think I might go catch up on some Rod Sterling right about now. Or maybe even some George McFly.

      • kopy - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        If you’re gonna be snarky, you gotta just jump all in:

  2. dondada10 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Paleo diet will work well for Pence. His middle name is Gatherer, after all.

  3. kopy - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    2013 BSOHL Baseball Club

    Hunter Pence, OF – SF
    Dusty Baker, Manager – CIN
    J.J. Putz, P – ARI
    Carlos Gomez, OF – MIL
    Trevor Cahill, P – ARI
    Ramon Hernandez, C – COL
    Daisuke Matsuzaka, P – CLE
    Josh Hamilton, OF – LAA
    Homer Bailey, P – CIN
    Mark Prior, P – FA
    Lance Lynn, P – STL
    Vinnie Pestano, P – CLE
    Jhonny Peralta, SS – DET
    Mitch Moreland, 1B/OF – TEX
    Albert Pujols, 1B – LAA
    John Lackey, P – BOS
    CC Sabathia, P – NYY
    Javier Vazquez, P – FA
    Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B – LAD
    Neil Walker, 2B/3B – PIT
    Ryan Howard, 1B/DH – PHI
    Carlos Quentin, OF – SD

    • goawaydog - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      do you still have a copy (no pun intended) of last seasons list? I would like to know if there are any repeat offenders for BSoHL.

      • kopy - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Not really. Whenever I need to add on I just find the previous story (sometimes by searching “best shape” up top there). This was last year’s:

        Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

        Matt Cain – SF
        Nick Swisher – NYY
        Jose Valverde – DET
        Darwin Barney – CHC
        Brandon Inge – DET
        Matt Diaz – ATL
        Shin-Soo Choo – CLE
        Bryan LaHair – CHC
        Mat Gamel – MIL
        Joe Saunders – ARI
        Danny Valencia – MIN
        Chris Davis – BAL
        Brandon McCarthy – OAK
        Anthony Swarzak – MIN
        Billy Butler – KC
        Mike Moustakas – KC
        Russell Martin – NYY
        Jason Grilli – PIT
        Jed Lowrie – HOU
        Logan Schafer – MIL
        Lance Lynn – STL
        Phil Hughes – NYY
        Bill Hall – NYY
        Yadier Molina – STL
        Evan Longoria – TB
        Brett Cecil – TOR
        Freddie Freeman – ATL
        Brian Wilson – SFO
        Jason Heyward – ATL
        Casey McGehee – PIT
        Chris Tillman – BAL
        Franklin Gutierrez – SEA
        Miguel Olivo – SEA
        Miguel Cabrera – DET
        Justin Smoak – SEA
        Dexter Fowler – COL
        Jaime Garcia – STL
        Miguel Tejada – FA
        Aubrey Huff – SFO
        Vicente Padilla – BOS
        Carlos Zambrano – MIA
        Yonder Alonso – SD
        Mark Teixeira – NYY
        Dmitri Young – FA
        Yoenis Cespedes – OAK

  4. Hunter Pence's Eyes - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Intense diet.

  5. daveitsgood - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    as Craig said, it’s healthy because you’re eating more fruits n veggies and proteins. Any diet based on that, in moderation, will work. But the concept behind paleo, that our bodies haven’t evolved past that stage and thus aren’t suited to process “modern” foods like grains, etc. is absurd and in no way rooted in any form of science.

    • El Bravo - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      exactly. this is another trend diet and laughable on how they sell it. it is healthy to eat the items on the “good foods” list for this diet plan but the avoidance of grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils is just plain ridiculous. processed sugars and oils i get. avoiding trans fats, corn syrup, etc. i get. but to not eat grains? legumes? dairy? potatoes? that is utter nonsense. our bodies can process these things just fine. sure lactose intolerance is common, but that is much different than the bs this diet claims.

      everything in moderation is the only way to go: diet, exercise, reefer and booze

      dont overdo any of these and you’ll be just fine.

      • El Bravo - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        I also agree with Craig that this diet will produce weight loss b/c it is low fat and low carb. But that is kinda like: duh.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Well, people (men?) would be more likely to jump on the bandwagon when you sell it this way instead of saying this is how diabetics eat.

  6. cosanostra71 - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Craig did read my tweet!

  7. officialgame - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I enjoy a nice cut of Mammoth every once in awhile.

  8. philsphan34 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I wonder, does the Paleo diet help to not swing at EVERY first pitch and play right field like a drunken blind man?

    • jeffa43 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Best rf you had in years…. Jealous Phily fans are the worst…
      You won with him, sf won with him…

      Do the math…

      We lost in spite of him.

      Signed, Astro fan

      • philsphan34 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Really? Because I kinda remember him batting .210 the past two postseasons with an OPS of .516.

        I don’t hate Hunter Pence, I am just supremely disappointed he wasn’t the .300/25/90 everyone expected. Instead we got an undisciplined hitter and below average fielder

        Just enjoy Jared Cosart and Jonathan Singleton…once he’s back from his 50 game suspension

  9. cosanostra71 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    In 155 games for the Phillies he went .289/28/94

    • philsphan34 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      This is what we thought we were getting…

      He was great during the 2011 regular season when he got to hit behind a healthy Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, terrible in the 2011 postseason (.211 BA / .496 OPS), and mediocre at best when he had to be the man in 2012.

      • bigdicktater - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Hunter Pence’s inspirational speeches in 2012 turned around the Giants postseason and they won it all. He also had a couple of key hits and caught everything hit his way.
        Off-the-field contributions cannot be easily measured, but he was The Man in that respect for SF last year.

  10. anxovies - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Lard sandwiches and Eskimo Pies have got me where I am today. 245 pounds of steaming, hulking chick magnet.

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