SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence's beloved scooter, which he rides to and from home games, was returned to the Giants' outfielder Wednesday.
The scooter, stolen last weekend while Pence dined at a restaurant near the Giants' home ballpark, was delivered to the clubhouse by police during the Giants game against the Chicago Cubs, a game the Giants won 5-0. Pence said he was told the scooter had been dropped off at the police station.
"Thank you fans and media for helping me do this," Pence said. "And the Bat Kid. I definitely want to thank the Bat Kid for keeping the streets of San Francisco clean."
The scooter was parked next to a locker belonging to Tim Lincecum, who pitched five no-hit innings Wednesday and then found himself sharing the spotlight with a machine.
"Three cops brought it in," Lincecum said. "We don't even get that kind of chaperone to the airport."
Pence said he heard the good news from pitcher Juan Gutierrez while he was running in from the outfield between innings.
"Gutierrez had this huge smile on his face, and he high-fived me," said Pence. "I said, 'What just happened?' And he said, 'They got your scooter!'"
With the saga now complete, Pence said he's thinking about an even happier ending. He already had replaced the old scooter, so the old one -- the famous one -- could be put to charitable use.
"Maybe we have it do something good in the community since this was like a 'Together-we're-Giant' type story," the outfielder said, referencing one of the team's advertising slogans. "Everybody had my back, so maybe we can use the scooter to raise some money for charity. There are a lot of rewards out there for it. Maybe we can give it to the police officers that brought it in. Maybe we can find out who brought it in."
Pence said, other than some evidence of the battery having been tampered with, the scooter was in good shape.