Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pence's bacon and sliding

In the span of 12 hours Wednesday, Hunter Pence tweeted about bacon and unnecessarily slid into third base only to score on the same play.

Pence's bacon and sliding

Hunter Pence showed some interesting baserunning skills in Wednesday´s win. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Hunter Pence showed some interesting baserunning skills in Wednesday's win. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

In the span of 12 hours Wednesday, Hunter Pence tweeted about bacon and unnecessarily slid into third base only to score on the same play.

It's not hard to see why he's become a fan favorite in fewer than three weeks as a Phillie. He also provided the comedy for one night in the Phillies dugout.

Pence doubled off Arizona lefty Joe Saunders to lead off the second inning. John Mayberry Jr. stroked a single up the middle. But Pence thought Diamondbacks shortstop Willie Bloomquist had a chance at the ball, so he went feet-first into third base.

"Little did I know the shortstop didn't catch it," Pence said. "Once I started sliding I saw [third-base coach Juan Samuel] waving. So I went home."

Hey, any way to get the jersey dirty.

This, of course, set off a firestorm in the dugout. His teammates smiled and laughed as they greeted him in the dugout. Pence understood.

"I was dying laughing myself," he said. "It worked out OK. So it was pretty funny."

Even after the game, he was still the brunt of jokes. "I don't know what that was," Charlie Manuel said. "I'm still trying to figure that one out. But at least he didn't do it head-first."

Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer walked into the clubhouse and yelled to no one in particular, "He looked safer at third than he did at home!"

Oh, and as for Pence's burned bacon that set off the fire alarm in his apartment building? ""The bacon was not burned!" he tweeted. "It was delicious, thanks."

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