You’d be selling Hunter Pence short to call him quirky, and you’d be lying to yourself if you said he wasn’t one of the best people in the Bay Area.
The charismatic Giants outfielder has had a hell of a year, and just wrapped it up nicely with another World Series trophy and an interview with ESPN, wherein he drops some fun facts about some memorable moments from this year.
Check out five things we learned from his interview.
1. Pence’s girlfriend and “Seinfeld” caused that whole #HunterPenceSigns thing.
According to Pence, he and his girlfriend Alexis Cozombolidis were visiting New York when she took a photo of him holding a cup of coffee with the famed quote, “These pretzels are making me thirsty.” As he explains, “That night in Queens, some fans made some signs: ‘Hunter Pence Puts Ketchup on His Hot Dog’ and ‘Hunter Pence Eats Pizza With a Fork.'”
2. It caught on really quickly, and in odd locations.
Pence said someone even sent him a photo of someone holding a Pence sign at—of all places—a Killers concert. “Someone sent me one from a concert—I don’t even know where,” he said. “But the lyrics were ‘Are you human or are we dancer?’—and the sign at the concert said ‘Hunter Pence is Dancer.'”
3. He pretty much makes up his legendary motivational speeches on the spot.
Though they might get him in a little trouble with the FCC, Pence’s motivational speeches are pretty uplifting. Probably even more inspirational is the fact that they are completely improvised. “Nothing’s planned,” he told ESPN. “In Cincinnati, I remember being nervous. I was repeating to myself: ‘Believe in what you say. Believe in what you say.'”
4. He doesn’t even care what you think of how nerdy he looks when he’s playing.
He might be kind of goofy looking with those elbow-less throws, but he doesn’t give a damn about that. “I’ve never cared how I look doing things. I love competing. I’m here to win,” he said. “But I think I’ve actually gotten to where I care more about how I look, not while playing but maybe wearing a wristband or putting on an arm sleeve.”
5. He does NOT want to let his fans down.
Not that this is a surprise, but Pence is hell-bent on playing well for Giants fans. As he told the magazine:
I feel like I owe as much as I can to every fan who comes to the game. I owe it to baseball. I owe it to the organization for believing in me. I owe it to them to be ready to play. I just want to play every game to win, as hard as I can. There’s a part of me that thinks if I’m not playing, it’s like I’m letting everyone down.
To read the full interview, head to ESPN.com.