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.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.