Giants outfielder Pence has scooter stolen

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Posted: May 28, 2014

HUNTER PENCE said he doesn't get attached to too many things. But the one thing that was near and dear to him was his precious motorized scooter.

He liked it so much that when the Giants had a Pence bobblehead night it was him on his scooter.

"I felt it was an extension of me," Pence said yesterday, according to CSNBayArea.com.

Well, Pence went to get a bite to eat (apparently he's no longer eating Liscio's rolls) at a San Francisco eatery Sunday, parked his scooter on a ramp that only the cooks know about, and went into the establishment to dine. When he got back, no scooter.

The scooter, one that looks like a skateboard with handlebars and a motor, is unique. Apparently, it has a charger that is rare "and doesn't last you very long," which is why Pence never locks up his prized possession. The frame is black and has a lot of stickers on it, including Pence's name and uniform No. 8.

"Apparently somebody needed it more than I do," Pence said.

Since arriving in San Francisco after being traded there by the Phillies in July 2012, Pence has ridden the few blocks from his home to AT&T Park via scooter. He and his two-wheeled pal can often be seen posing with fans for photos after games.

Pence's skipper saw a change in the outfielder's demeanor when he arrived in the locker room on yesterday - with a backup scooter.

"He had a sad face on this morning," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I've never seen that."

He still hopes to get the scooter back. Pence hasn't filed a police report and said he's willing to forgive the culprit, offering a signed bobblehead if the scooter is returned - no questions asked.

As for Plan B, Pence said he's already working to upgrade the backup scooter. He said he won't use a car.

"I can't fathom driving for some reason," he said.

We might have booed Pence once in awhile but we would never have stolen his scooter.

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