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Couple who bought Hunter Pence ‘magic bat’ and returned it to him: ‘Honesty is a big thing with us’

Oct 25, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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Just as the first time I saw Lassie Come Home, I teared up a bit this morning when I heard the news that Fryer had been returned to his owner.

You likely know by now that Hunter Pence’s ‘magic bat’ — the one that broke and struck the ball three times in a key double for the Giants in Game 7 of the NLCS vs. the Cardinals — was inadvertently sold by the team for $400 in a post-game sale at the AT&T store. Pence, who names all his bats (yep), called this one Fryer, and he was sad when he heard that it had been sold. “I wanted to show it to my kids,” he said. At any rate, the thing is probably worth tons more than 400 bucks.

But that’s where two devout Giants fans come in. Season ticket-holders Rick and Terri Alagna, from Pleasanton, won a lottery inside the store to purchase the bat. But when they found out how valuable it was, and that Pence wanted it back, they were only too happy to return it to him, which they did on Wednesday.

Then the following quote happened, which makes me kind of proud to be a Giants fan, quite frankly:

The Alagnas could have played hardball and demanded a lot of loot from the Giants, or sold it at a huge profit, but Terri Alagna said that did not cross their minds.

“We’re really passionate fans,” she said. “This is our team. Our sons, they’re older now. They’re in their 20s. They’re Eagle Scouts. We’re active in the Scouts community, so honesty is a big thing with us.”


The Alagnas got another, signed bat from Pence, in addition to the team giving them seats in a luxury box to watch Game 1 of the World Series.

(Editor’s note: I also got a little misty during the final scene in Goonies).

  1. lewp - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    You know, I’m liking these Giants and fans more and more. Now, if i could just do something about these allergies!

  2. cur68 - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Where do all those people who decry the fall of civilization and civilized behaviour go when stories like this are posted? Probably too busy scribbling their manifestos in the backwoods using crayon on old newspaper to take notice of the fact that there are plenty of decent people in the world who’ll do decent things.

    Tip O’ the Beaver Men cap to these people for giving Pence his bat back.

  3. digbysellers - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing bats is no basis for a form of baseballmanship.

    • Rick Chandler - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      +1, well done (rides off on imaginary horse, clacking coconuts).

  4. crankyfrankie - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Great story but who names there bat after Irving Fryer? Why not after a baseball player?