Hunter Pence brings plenty positives to the Phillies but most of all his arrival has energized a team that despite its 67-39 record, can always use a jolt.
The baseball season is a grind and while the Phillies have been winning with machine-like precision, the same routine at times gets a little stale.
Pence, who went 1 for 5 with an RBI in his Phillies debut, is not only an all-star performer with a rife arm, but he has brought a spark to a team that is entering the proverbial dog days of August.
“He is somebody who really hustles and has a real passion for playing the game,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. “He not only brings some offense to our lineup but will also bring some life, he will bring some energy.”