SURPRISE, AZ (KETK) — Hunter Pence grew up watching the Texas Rangers and going to what was then, The Ballpark In Arlington.
“I was born in Fort Worth, grew up in Arlington, and was there when the ballpark was built… it’s amazing that it now comes full circle.,” Pence said on Monday.
The three-time All-Star has spent the last six years in San Francisco. He is a veteran looking for a place on a team full of faces much younger than his own.
But first-year manager Chris Woodward said that it hasn’t stopped Pence from competing.
“I think he’s proving to a lot of people, in a short amount of time, how special he really is,” Woodward said.
This is not Pence’s first time playing in the Lone Star State. Pence began his career in 2007 with the Houston Astros and spent four years with the club. He was selected to his first All-Star game in 2009.
Despite his experience, Pence knows he is far from a lock for an Opening Day roster spot.
“Ive been working on stuff, the entire offseason, completely re-vamping my swing.”
The Rangers are a long shot to making the playoffs, let alone winning the World Series. Pence says however that still remains the main focus of the offseason preparation.
“A World Series title chase season, that’s the goal.”