Hunter Pence heading back to the bay? Rumor mill churning

Hunter Pence will sign a one-year contract with SF Giants according to NBC Sports source at San Diego airport

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence (8) walks in the dugout during their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Monday, April 24, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
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Welcome to the third decade of the 21st century, where all the world is a newsroom.

Example: The curious case of Hunter Pence.

The erstwhile Giants outfielder, who played for the Texas Rangers last season, has been reported to have interest in returning to the Giants.

And vice-versa.

But rumor recently has been elevated to hearsay, which is how we can say with quasi-certainty that Pence will be signing a one-year deal with the Giants for 2020.

Unless he doesn’t.

Here is how this revelation came about.

It begins with NBCSports.com’s Craig Calcaterra, who once … well, let him tell the story.

“(O)ne of my more notable scoops was when the Braves signed A.J. Pierzynski. Know how I learned about that one? Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was in line at a Honeybaked Ham Company, picking up his Christmas ham, and was talking about it too loudly on the phone. A reader’s dad was behind him in line, told the reader and the reader sent me a message about it. Viva journalism.”

Don’t judge. Woodward and Bernstein took down Richard Nixon by hanging around parking garages.

Which brings us to Friday, with Calcaterra in the San Diego airport and minding his own business when…

“(S)ome random guy in the airport in San Diego overheard Pence, who was getting ready to board a flight to San Francisco, talking quite loudly on his cell” — about the fact he was going to San Francisco to take a physical. About the fact he turned down offers from the Astros and Padres.

The random guy spilled, and an #EXCLUSIVE was born.

You’re welcome.

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