The bat is back.
Fryer, which is the name San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence bestowed upon the lumber which he shattered while smacking his three-run double against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS, was accidentally sold on Monday night to San Francisco season-ticket holders Rick and Terri Alagna. After the game, Rick entered and won a lottery for the chance to purchase the broken bat for $400. It was a no-brainer.
But after realizing the historical significance of the bat, the Alagnas called their season-ticket rep on Tuesday and arranged to bring the bat back for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. In return, the organization presented the family with a different Hunter Pence autographed bat as well as a pair of seats in a luxury box. And while Pence was a little busy on Wednesday, gearing up for the World Series and all, the organization promised the Alagnas that they would get to meet him at some point.
"My son, J.D., said, 'You know, Dad, you really should give that bat back to Hunter Pence,'" Rick Alagna told CSN Bay Area. "I thought, 'Hey, I’m the dad. I’ve got to do what’s right.'"
Upon hearing the news that Fryer was coming home, Pence needed only two words to describe his excitement.