Pence in good spirits after scooter is stolen

Pence in good spirits after scooter is stolen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence lost his wheels, but not his sense of humor.

The right fielder's beloved scooter was stolen Sunday night as he dined at a restaurant on the Embarcardero, San Francisco's waterfront thoroughfare. Pence obtained the scooter a few weeks after he joined the Giants at the 2012 Trade Deadline and has used it since.

"I can't fathom driving," Pence said Monday.

Thus, Pence would like his scooter back. His reward for information leading to the vehicle's return is an autographed bobblehead doll in his image -- which, of course, captured him riding a scooter.

"It's not that big a deal, but I'm really sad about it," Pence said.

Pence's feelings were apparent to Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He had a sad face on him this morning," Bochy said. "I've never seen that before."

Pence nevertheless appreciated the flood of comments from fans that appeared on Twitter about the incident.

"I found some way to get joy out of it and I'm grateful for it," he said. "... The support and comments on Twitter were uplifting, if anything."

Pence didn't lock or secure his scooter at the restaurant.

"It kind of doesn't make much sense to steal it, because the charger's kind of rare, so it's not going to last very long," he said. "I just trust people, and apparently someone else needed it more than I do."

Festooned with stickers and adorned by a Pence bobblehead, the scooter bore significant sentimental value to Pence. "I try not to be too attached to things, though it's kind of an extension of me," he said.

Sunday, Pence conveyed himself to AT&T Park on a backup scooter that had a weak motor, forcing him to push off the cement with his foot to generate propulsion. "I'm getting the batteries fixed on that one, so hopefully by the next homestand I'll have one that can make it all the way," he said.

That is, unless Pence's scooter is returned.

"I did have a dream that I saw someone riding it," he said, "and I tackled him."

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.