Hunter Pence proved to the Mets that getting trolled only makes him stronger. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)

The Giants are in New York for a four-game series against the Mets, and Hunter Pence arrived in town in the midst of a slump. The San Francisco right fielder had just four hits in his previous 33 at-bats. However, that seems to be nothing that a little trolling by some fans can’t fix.

On Friday, a pair of Mets fans held up signs reading, “Hunter Pence puts ketchup on his hot dog” and “Hunter Pence eats pizza with a fork.” Now, I grew up in the Big Apple and somehow emerged as someone who likes both ketchup and mustard on his dogs, but perhaps conventions have hardened since then. I will say this — eating a slice of pizza with utensils of any sort is an affront to nature.

In that game, Pence had a triple and three runs batted in as his Giants won, 5-1. Saturday’s game brought no reports of Pence-trolling. As it happened, the Mets won, 4-2, while Pence went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. He did come up with a pretty nice catch, though:

Today the fans (or possibly like-minded partisans) were back, holding signs reading, “Hunter Pence can’t parallel park” and “Hunter Pence likes the Godfather 3.”

Why was Pence being singled out for mockery? It is as yet unclear, and certainly the Mets’ broadcast team had no answers:

Whatever the reason for the signs, they were amusing, so thanks for that. Pence also appeared to be grateful for the motivation — he went 3 for 5 in today’s game with two home runs and four RBI, as his Giants stomped New York, 9-0.

The teams play again at noon on Monday. We can only hope Pence gets trolled again, although by now the Mets fans may have learned their lesson.