Sine we’re only a few days away from Christmas (in baseball talk, that means still another two months until pitchers and catchers report), I’d like to take a moment to talk about what I want this holiday season.
Besides the obvious (Central Division championship, NL pennant, World Series championship), there are other things I’d like to have. Or rather players I’d like to have on the Cincinnati Reds. The list would go on and on, so I’ll narrow it down to who’s number one on my list:
The one who got away, Hunter Pence.
Last season, there were talks about Hunter Pence, who plays right field for the San Francisco Giants, being traded to the Cincinnati Reds. I was foaming at the mouth.Pence has been my favorite non-red for a few years now and the Reds were so close to signing him.
Hunter Pence is the definition of an ol’ baseball player, down to the gritty way he runs and fields. I love watching him because he’s a product of the history of the game. Out of every major leaguer, he’s the one player you could pick up and place in a 1926 baseball game and not think a thing of it.
I don’t know where he would fit in the Reds plans. Perhaps my fandom of him clouds my judgment from time to time, but I think he would play a beautiful left field for Cincinnati. And as far as batting, it’s as if he was born to bat in the fifth spot, right behind Jay Bruce.
I know Pence is a Giant, and probably will be for awhile. I was really disappointed when he re-signed with San Francisco. But hey, it’s Christmas. And it’s what I want. Maybe one day.