Hunter Pence dropped a bunch of F-bombs in his postgame speech. Good.


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Hunter Pence and the Giants celebrated clinching a playoff bid. While they had already technically done it earlier in the day with Milwaukee’s loss, there was still champagne and exuberance and all of that. And it’s hard to blame them. The Giants had a crazy up and down and back up again year. And it’s a veteran team with lots of playoff and World Series experience, so they know exactly what they would’ve missed had they not gotten back up late in the season. The earned their joy.

After the game, during the celebration, Hunter Pence — who I am pretty sure led glorious suicide missions in eight different wars in eight different past lives — gave a speech to Giants players. He did it in front of the media and God and everyone. And it was not rated-PG:

Our goal at the beginning of this [EFFING] season was to go to the [EFFING] World Series. And guess what boys, we’re going to the [EFFING] dance! You know what? We’ve had [MOTHEREFFERS] out all the time. All year long we’ve had [EFFING] big injuries. We’ve had [EFFING] all sorts of [POOP]. Ups, downs, but we’re [EFFING] here. We’re [EFFING] going to the World Series!

Our friends at aired it live — see it below, with appropriate bleeps — because TV is wonderful and immediate and, really, it was late and if you believe what everyone says about baseball losing touch with the younger generation all the kids were asleep and couldn’t watch it anyway, so no biggie.

Hunter Pence offered an apology when he was being interviewed later, but he doesn’t need to apologize for anything. So much baseball conversation is guarded and scripted and it’s nice to see some real emotion from ballplayers once in a while. And I like the reminder that, even if they let in all the cameras and reporters after games, the clubhouse is the one place where ballplayers can be themselves.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.