There are a great many quirky things about Hunter Pence that bring to mind Phillies' former rightfielder Jay Johnstone.
And if Pence could unleash a playoff series or two like Johnstone unfurled in the 1976 NLCS against the Reds, that would be even better.
The Jaybird was 7-for-9 in the series with a double, a triple, a walk, a run and an RBI. And he didn't even start Game 1. He batted .778 for the three games (.800 OBP, 1.111 Slg.), the rest of the Phils batted .220 (20-91).
His plate appearances:
|1||9th||1st & 3rd, 1 Out||Singled as a PH (Ollie Brown), scoring Greg Luzinski|
|2||2nd||Man on 1st, 0 Out||Singled; Phils would score a run in the inning|
|4th||Leading Off||Singled; Would be stranded at third|
|6th||Leading Off||Popped out to short|
|8th||Man on 1st, 0 Out||Singled; Phillies wouldn't score|
|3||2nd||None on, 2 Out||Singled; Was stranded at first|
|4th||Man on 2nd, 1 Out||Grounded out to first|
|6th||1st & 2nd, 2 Out||Walked; Phils wouldn't score|
|8th||None on, 1 Out||Doubled; Would score on a Larry Bowa double|
|9th||Man on 1st, 2 Out||Tripled, scoring Jerry Martin from first|