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Neshek hung a 1-1 slider, Morse was on it. And …
“It was absolutely pure elation,” said Hunter Pence, Morse’s best friend on the team. “I literally lost 30 seconds of my life. I blacked out. It was chaos.”
Morse raised long gorilla arms and flailed and bounced around the bases, barely touching each one. The crowd noise melted eardrums. When Morse descended into the madness of the Giants dugout, Bruce Bochy had legitimate concerns that hands might be broken.
“It fired us up,” Crawford said. “But he kind of reacts like that when he hits a double with nobody on in the regular season.”
Hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens tried to make sense of it all. Then he realized there was no point in it.
“It’s why we put him on the roster,” Meulens said. “We don’t want him to hit a single. That was the moment we needed someone to pop one, he’s got the power to do it and we’ve got to give him a lot of credit for that. That’s one of the toughest right-handed pitchers in the game. He’s only given up two home runs to right-handed batters all year.
“I was thinking, ‘How is he going to get this done?’ And he hung a slider, and he’s all in.”
Morse hit just one home run in August. He had two in June, two in July. But Barry Bonds gave him a pregame tip to make sure to get his front foot down. Morse did, and the results were seismic.
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