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.
Oh, man. They got him! http://t.co/9PEDUz0Ah7
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 2, 2014
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.”
You don’t know that … http://t.co/P58j2hk5jP
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 3, 2014
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.