Hunter Pence tweets about stolen scooter 

click to enlarge Hunter Pence
  • David Zalubowski/AP file photo
  • He doesn't look pleased.

Hunter Pence is a lot of things to the San Francisco Giants and the city by the bay.

As The Examiner's Mychael Urban wrote in his column on Sunday, "He can run, he has pop, he can handle the bat, he throws well, he's got a good glove, he's a great teammate." He also says he's a "Solid citizen, good with the fans, accessible and cooperative with the media, a great ambassador for the franchise and the game."

And yet, for all that, it was not enough to prevent the beloved player's scooter from being snatched by an as yet unnamed crook. Mind you, Urban writes about Pence's new $90 million contract so he could easily afford another, but it's the principle of the matter.

Pence tweeted on Sunday after the Giants game against the Twins, where they won 8-1.

When Pence showed up to the ballpark Monday, he spoke to the media about the missing scooter, saying he would forgive the culprit and offered a signed bobblehead as a reward, no questions asked. Lefty O'Doul's, the Union Square-area restaurant and cocktail lounge, also offered a reward for the return of the vehicle, spokesman Lee Housekeeper said in statement.

Two $100 bills and two free drinks, no questions asked, the statement said, for the scooter's return.

Pence said the scooter was stolen outside a restaurant on The Embarcadero on Sunday night. That restaurant was EPIC Roasthouse, which also issued a statement and a reward.

“We’re saddened that Hunter Pence’s scooter was stolen last night while dining at EPIC Roasthouse. To help Hunter retrieve his property, we’d like to offer dinner for two as a reward for the return of the undamaged scooter. If found, please call EPIC at (415) 369-9955.”

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. He said he has no ill will toward the city, saying he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support on Twitter to find his lost scooter.

He has not filed a police report.

"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 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.

Fans and followers alike tweeted who they believed was responsible for the heinous crime. Pence even replied "#TooSoon" to a follower who suggested the Dodgers GM tweeted that he "just bought a scooter from some guy for real, real cheap."

Another person tweeted "Someone call #BatKid! Now!"

Pence is known for riding the scooter to the ball park on game days and even his bobblehead shows him riding it. Whoever returns it can expect a bobblehead just like it, he said.


He posted a picture of the scooter on Twitter for amateur crime sleuths to keep an eye out for it.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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