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Watch Hunter Pence's unreal reaction to walk-off hit in MLB The Show

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Watch Hunter Pence's unreal reaction to walk-off hit in MLB The Show

Referring to yourself in the third person is unacceptable in all but a few cases. Playing as yourself in a video game is an exception.

That's especially true in Hunter Pence's case, as the Giants outfielder hit a walk-off single as himself while playing in MLB The Show 20's Players League on Tuesday night.

Pence shouted "Let's go, HP!" after driving in the winning run, and the rest of his impromptu has to be seen to be believed.

"Let's go, baby!" Pence exclaimed, before abruptly moving into promo-cutting mode. "You couldn't draw it (up) any better! ... My hardest pop in all these games tonight -- all two of 'em. Holy ska-mole, guacamole, rip-a-rino, cappuccino! Get you some, Giants nation. Baby, we're playing some good ball! That's what I'm talking about. I'm not gonna stop. Woo!"

Just another Tuesday on Twitch for the 37-year-old, it seems.

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Pence's passion is by no means new, but his success in MLB The Show apparently is.

He missed out on a walk-off win just over a week ago and told "Shelter on Base" last week that he's "losing sleep for how bad I am at that game." His 8-11 record is fourth in the virtual NL West, but Pence should be able to sleep soundly Tuesday, at least.

Giants' Hunter Pence 'losing sleep' over MLB The Show playing ability

Giants' Hunter Pence 'losing sleep' over MLB The Show playing ability

With live baseball involving actual human players on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, leagues like MLB have had to evolve their live content.

One way both MLB and the NBA have tried to adapt is by having players from among its teams competing in tournaments playing the league's corresponding video game, like NBA 2K and MLB The Show.

Hunter Pence was chosen as the Giants' representative for the 30-team MLB The Show tournament and says he was made for this opportunity.

"I've always been an avid gamer," Pence told the hosts of NBC Sports Bay Area's "Triples Alley" on Friday. "I think that the player's league has been one of the coolest things I've been a part of, because I'm getting to have all these connections with players from all the other teams, getting to know them and, MLB The Show looks so realistic that it kind of gives you a little bit of that fix that we're missing with baseball."

Pence did come across an incredibly unfortunate glitch in the game during one of his matchups, which nearly cost him a victory.

"I'm losing sleep for how bad I am at that game," Pence said. "I feel like the whole Giants organization is on me playing this video game good, and sorry my right thumb is not the same as my right arm."

At this point, Giants fans will take any dose of action they can get their hands on.

Dallas Braden beats A's Jesus Luzardo in MLB The Show 20, talks smack

Dallas Braden beats A's Jesus Luzardo in MLB The Show 20, talks smack

Be careful what you wish for.

If you're going to challenge NBC Sports California's Dallas Braden to anything, just be prepared for some trash talk. Especially if he wins.

A's phenom Jesus Luzardo is representing Oakland in the round-robin "MLB The Show 20" video game tournament currently going on while the MLB season is indefinitely paused due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To warm up for it, he figured he'd take on the much more senior Braden to ease into the competition.

Welp. That backfired.

Braden and Luzardo went head-to-head Tuesday night, and in case you couldn't tell by Braden's resulting tweet, he, uh, won.

Oof. Talk about adding insult to injury. Luzardo is perfectly healthy -- knock on wood -- but that had to do some damage to the self-esteem. 

It would appear that Luzardo isn't all that great at video games, or at least is in need of quite a bit of practice.

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Good thing he has that pitching career to fall back on.