It is unofficially “award season” in baseball. The end of the playing days signals the start of the individual honors. For the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins took home his 4th career Gold Glove award with a .978 fielding percentage.
But the award is little comfort after a very disappointing Phillies season that ended without a playoff bid. And in a strange twist of fate, one player who was shipped out of town once the team fell out of the race wound up with the biggest award of all…a World Series ring.
Despite the short time he spent here, Hunter Pence was a fan favorite in Philly. Many were saddened to see him go in a mid-season trade to the Giants. But it could not have worked out any better for Pence. He will celebrate with the San Francisco Giants today in a World Series victory parade on the opposite coast.
The New York Times said that Pence was “the human defibrillator that shocked the World Series-bound Giants back to life…” And although he struggled offensively in the post-season, ...