The San Francisco Giants Right Fielder Uses Backup Scooter For Time Being.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is offering a reward for his stolen motorized scooter.
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Pence is offering a signed bobblehead that shows him riding the scooter. It was stolen from a restaurant parking lot Sunday night after the Giants completed a home sweep of the Minnesota Twins.
After announcing on Twitter that the scooter was stolen, he later posted a photo of it.
"I try not to be too attached to things, even though I have a bobblehead with it," Pence told CSNBayArea.com. "I felt it was an extension of me."
Pence said he parked the scooter on an out-of-the-way ramp where cooks come in and out of the restaurant and never thought anybody would take it. Pence said he did not file a police report. He said he's willing to forgive the culprit, with the reward if the scooter is returned — no questions asked.
Pence does not lock the scooter because of its unique charger.
''It kind of doesn't make much sense to steal it because the charger is kind of rare. It's not going to last you very long,'' Pence said. ''I just trust people and apparently someone else needed it more than I do.''
Pence, who is usually smiling and joking with teammates in the clubhouse, rode a backup scooter to the game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday.
''He had a sad face on this morning,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''I've never seen that from Hunter.''
When asked if he was upset at the city for the incident he replied that he felt no anger towards the people of San Francisco as a whole.
"No, I'm not mad at the city," he said. "The support and comments on Twitter were more uplifting than anything. It made the gut shot better. It made it fun. ... I found a way to get some joy out of it."
The restaurant, EPIC Roasthouse, said it was saddened to learn of the theft and is offering dinner for two as a reward for the return of Pence's undamaged scooter. Other businesses near the ballpark also started promotions hoping to get Pence's scooter back.
Pence still has hope he will get his favorite scooter back. He said he even had a dream Sunday night that he saw a man riding it down the street.
"And I tackled him," Pence said.