Neither do the San Francisco Giants.
Or at least they didn't. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, the bat that Pence awkwardly used to hit a three-run double in the bottom of the third was collected by a team employee and immediately placed for sale in the team's game-used equipment store at AT&T Park.
A fan with a better eye for the value of history came along a little while later and paid a piddling $400 for what could end up being San Francisco's version of the bloody sock — a broken relic that perfectly represents the improbability of the Giants running a 6-0 record in elimination games this postseason.
From CSN Bay Area:
Sold, for $400, to a fan at the From the Clubhouse game-used merchandise stall behind Section 119 just an hour after the Giants' 9-0, pennant-clinching victory over the Cardinals Monday night.
Talk about your Antiques Roadshow moments. You don't need to be an appraiser for Sotheby's to know the bat, which will go down in Giants lore, is worth many times more than it's sale price.
Baggarly reports that Pence named the bat "Fryer" and also used it to hit a home run in St. Louis. He'd like to regain possession of the bat and a Giants team official says the season ticket holder who bought the bat would like to return it. No plans to swap it out for some other swag from the National League pennant winners have been made, however.
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It's actually a little strange that a rep from Cooperstown did not make an immediate call to have the bat saved as one of the mementoes from the game. But the oversight does speak to the unique nature of the play. The fact that Pence's bat hit the ball on three different points wasn't apparent until we saw the super slow-motion replay from Fox and so maybe people at the park didn't yet know that it was a curiosity piece with a lot of value.
It's also worth noting that a similar situation happened back in the 2000 Subway World Series when dugout reporter Keith Olbermann saved part of the broken bat that Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza. One man's splinter is another man's souvenir.
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