When he arrived from Houston, the swing was goofy, but the work ethic was solid. No one ever accused Hunter Pence of not trying. Turns out, he was trying too hard, which is what we all saw with our own two eyes anyway.
Last season, while Pence was still with the Phillies, he admitted to doing too much in the absence of the meat of the order, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. When he arrived in the summer of 2011, Pence excelled behind the 3-4 hitters, exploding in Philly as a beloved athlete. That relationship turned sour when in 2012, it turned ugly.
“That’s 100 percent what I did,” Pence told the Philadelphia Daily News Tuesday afternoon. “And in this game, I say it a lot: you can’t try; you’ve got to trust. And I was trying to make it happen. But there was a great lesson for me in that experience, there was a letting go. there was a lot I had to learn.”
“To be honest with you, I felt really guilty,” Pence said. “I felt like I did something wrong. Obviously I shouldn’t have looked at i...