Philadelphia is gaga over Hunter Pence. You can see and hear it at the Phillies spring training games here in Clearwater. “Hunner … we love you Hunner!” Hunter graces the cover of the April issue of Philadelphia magazine, billing him as The Next Great Phillie. Pence has taken over with the ladies where Jayson Werth left off, and the club is counting on him to supply even more of the offense lost now that Chase Utley is officially over-the-hill and Ryan Howard is …. well, Ryan Howard. Love the look they gave Pence on the cover, wearing the road uniform of the 1900 Philadelphia Phillies.
“Hunner” isn’t only attracting female fans. Here’s a Phils fan in Dunedin for the game against the Blue Jays a few days ago, sporting the Pence red socks look, and a signature aluminum foil fork no doubt in tribute to the infamous “Let’s Go Eat” post game interview comment to Sarge Matthews that “Hunner” made as he was becoming the darling of Philly last year.
If you’re a Phillies fan, irrespective of gender, you just have to love this guy, weird on-deck circle half-swing warm-ups, skinny legs and all. He owns the town now, and perhaps even the state.