Originally written October 25, 2012 on NESN.com:
When Hunter Pence found out that his beloved bat 'Fryer' had been sold at the memorabilia shop stationed in AT&T Park, he and his San Francisco teammates were shocked. The bat -- which somehow managed to make contact with a pitch three times resulting in a bases-clearing double -- helped the Giants to 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals en route to the World Series. This legendary and somewhat magical piece of Giants history was sold for $400 almost immediately after the game. And though the price may have been steep for a shattered piece of wood, the sentimental value for the historical lumber meant much more to 56-year-old Rick Algana. Algana -- who was one of ten vying to purchase the bat -- explained, "I put my name in the hat for the bat with 10 other guys and they pulled my name out, I went wild. I thought, 'Well, I've got the bat. I'll try for the ball, too.'" And wouldn't you know it, he got that too. Though Algana...
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