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07:02 AM ET 05.08 | If Hunter Pence were wearing a Phillies uniform, as he was only a year ago, his numbers would be the best on the team. Pence struggled in 2012. He hit .271 with a .784 OPS in the first four months of the season before two days before the trading deadline, when both he and Shane Victorino were traded to the Giants and Dodgers, respectively. ... "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 it that way, it was the wrong way to look at it. But I was, there was a lot of excitement to be put into this race. But I was heavily invested in bringing the Phillies back, and it felt like ... I felt guilty. I felt like it was my fault that it fell apart."

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May 8, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Hunter Pence will never be the straw that stirs the drink.

May 8, 2013  08:18 AM ET

.....the fact that a plyer knew this truth one year ago but one year later the phillies still carry forward with the plan speaks volumes as to why mgt types should be fired today......

May 8, 2013  08:26 AM ET

That's the chiming of Philthy fans in your ear still ringing Pence.... It lingers.

May 8, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hunter Pence will never be the straw that stirs the drink.

True.

But he's a good ballplayer. I wish the Red Sox had picked him up when he was available.

May 8, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hunter Pence will never be the straw that stirs the drink.

P.S. Sorry for jinxing the Yankees yesterday (The red sox lost too).

Just proves, no good deed goes unpunished.

May 8, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

P.S. Sorry for jinxing the Yankees yesterday (The red sox lost too).Just proves, no good deed goes unpunished.

That has always been true.

May 8, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

P.S. Sorry for jinxing the Yankees yesterday (The red sox lost too).Just proves, no good deed goes unpunished.

... and the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Ce'st le guerre... it is a long season and believe it or not I actaully wanted the Sox to win last night. My fantsy league opponent had the Twins' pitcher. So, the Sox screwed me in more ways than just one last night.

May 8, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That has always been true.

I think Pedro C needs a clemwipe for his contribution yesterday.

May 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

P.S. Sorry for jinxing the Yankees yesterday (The red sox lost too).Just proves, no good deed goes unpunished.

There's nothing wrong with jinxing the Yankees.

<hands DK a plate of bacon as a reward>

May 8, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

There's nothing wrong with jinxing the Yankees. <hands DK a plate of bacon as a reward>

Thanks. Taste great, by the way (and more filling). Shall I put in a good word for the Rays today.
(I noticed they lost too, yesterday).

May 8, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Thanks. Taste great, by the way (and more filling). Shall I put in a good word for the Rays today.(I noticed they lost too, yesterday).

Feel free to jinx the Rays too.

May 8, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Feel free to jinx the Rays too.

My pleasure.

<gobbles down rest of bacon before Moose takes plate away>

May 8, 2013  12:39 PM ET

he contributed but by no means was he the reason the Phils swoon. But it would be nice if dude would work on pitch selection.

May 8, 2013  01:28 PM ET

Sad... but the dudes on ESPN Philly also think the Phils are better without Pence.

May 8, 2013  01:33 PM ET

If he was the problem and now he is gone from there, then how do you explain a team that was 5-14 the other day against everybody they played not named Marlins or Mets?

May 8, 2013  05:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hunter Pence will never be the straw that stirs the drink.

Pence and Sutaro were straws last year for the Giants. Throw stats out the door with Hunter, because he knows how to win in so many ways... Sunflower seeds was one way...

May 8, 2013  08:17 PM ET

Hunter seems to be busting his **** pretty well since he left philly, and he has a very nice new ring to boot.

May 8, 2013  09:16 PM ET

Give Hunter props for saying so, but it seems that he's done pretty well for himself and his new team. Clearly he wasn't the problem.

 
May 9, 2013  02:28 AM ET

The Phillies apparently weren't too impressed with him or the Phillies would have kept him and paid him well enough to keep him Pence needs to get over Philly and concentrate on helping SF get back to post season and win another world series. Phillys problem is much deeper then no Hunter Pence.

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