“Once in a Generation” – San Francisco Giants Legend Hunter Pence Pens Emotional Message to Buster Posey

Published 11/05/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) hits a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning during game five of the 2021 NLDS at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports


In a stunning turn of events, San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey announced his retirement from baseball despite producing a stellar 2021 season. Following his announcement, several people thanked the 34-year-old for his time with the Giants in which he won three World Series titles.

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Among those people featured his former teammate Hunter Pence, who Posey will join in retirement. The 38-year-old shared a few messages on social media to show his appreciation for Posey’s stellar career.

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Hunter Pence wishes Buster Posey well following his retirement

While Posey played for the Giants throughout his career, Pence didn’t have the same journey. In 2007, the Houston Astros drafted the designated hitter into the MLB, where he played for five seasons. After playing a season with the Philadelphia Phillies, he moved to the Giants in 2012, where he instantly made an impact.

In his debut season with the Giants, Pence recorded 87 runs and 104 RBI in 160 regular season games. He won his maiden World Series title as part of the Giants, while his teammate Posey won his second. The pair won the World Series again in 2014, which was arguably Pence’s best season as a hitter.

After playing the 2019 season with the Texas Rangers, he returned to the Giants in 2020 before announcing his retirement. Posey backed out of that season due to COVID-19, which meant Pence didn’t play with him in his last MLB season. Despite that, the 38-year-old had nothing but praise for Posey, which he shared on Twitter.

He wroteCongratulations to my good friend @BusterPosey on a legendary career! Your impact on the @sfgiants organization cannot be understated. You mean so much to this team, this city, & the fans!

“Your talent is once in a generation and I am grateful for the experience to have played alongside of you. You have given so much to this game and the community. Thank you brotha, now go enjoy your wonderful family that you love so much!”

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Posey looks set to enter the Hall of Fame

With three World Series titles and seven All-Star call-ups, Posey exhibited class every time he took to the diamond. In a glittering career, the 34-year-old recorded 663 runs and 729 RBI, while displaying brilliant skills as a catcher.

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Oct 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) hits a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game one of the 2021 NLDS at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

His accolades in the sport don’t make his inclusion in the Hall of Fame a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’. With Posey now out of the MLB, the Giants will hope to find a replacement who can fill in the void he left for next season.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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