No better way to end the season, than to be rewarded for your efforts.
Hunter Pence has finally settled in San Francisco and no one is more deserving of signing on with the Giants for the next five years. The right-fielder is expected to sign a fiver-year $90 million deal tomorrow pending he clears his physical.
Pence started all 170-consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the National League and the second longest in the Majors behind Detroit's Prince Fielder, who has started 504 consecutive games.
In today's 9-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, Hunter hit his 27th homer, which is a career-high and the most home runs by a Giants player since Barry Bonds hit 28 in 2007.
"I couldn't be happier, I couldn't be happier for Hunter," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I hope our fans would be as excited as we are. You can't help but love Hunter Pence and the way he plays the game. It's all about getting back on track. You need great players and he's a great player."
Unavailable for comment this afternoon, Pence did not speak with media but was seen being congratulated by his teammates with hand-shakes and hugs once he arrived in the clubhouse. No surprise in getting support from the team especially since he was honored yesterday with the "Willie Mac" Award.
This honor is given to the team's most inspirational player. The Willie McCovey award is an annual honor each year selected by Giants players, coaches, training staff and the fans. Hunter's batted .282, driving in 96 runs with 35 doubles and 22 stolen bases.
Throughout the season, Pence has given more than 100% on the field. Coming into the organization during the teams quest for a second World Series, Hunter gave an inspiring speech before game 3 of the NLDS when the Giants were down 2-0 to the Cincinnati Reds.
They beat the Reds in 3 straight games and eventually won the 2012 World Series. But from that point on Pence's pre-game speeches were welcomed throughout their playoff run. This season his reinforcement came with his play on the field despite the struggles the team faced.
"It's awesome," said Angel Pagan on Pence agreeing to a five-year deal. "The game can be 20-0 in the ninth, and he still thinks he can win. He injects that type of energy into the club, and that's a big key for us to be successful. The Giants take a lot of pride in winning, and that's what we're here for. We're here to win championships and be successful. It's great to keep the team in tact."
"That's pretty cool if you like $90 million," Madison Bumgarner said. "It's pretty awesome. Everybody in here thought something crazy would have to happen to not bring him back. The guy plays everyday and he's one of the best outfielders in baseball. I hope he's here the rest of his career."