Julian Tavarez would disagree, but whatever.
In a story on his latest stint as benchwarmer, Hunter Pence has learned a few lessons:
"I'm going to continue to work and continue to learn. When you fail in this game, you learn from it. I wouldn't say that I've been a complete failure. You go through ups and downs, but you've got to learn and figure out a way to turn it around. I'm going to continue to work until we get back to the postseason...
...I get angry from time to time. When I was a kid, I learned that doesn't get you anywhere. Punching the wall doesn't do anything. You learn that at a young age, to keep that in and old your head high and continue to learn on those things. After a little bit of time, it goes away. You're going to be hot for a little bit, and then it goes away."
Pence has hardly been a complete failure. His 57 RBI rank him 13th among NL outfielders, 19 HRs are tied for 6th among NL outfielders, and his 213 total bases are 12th among that group, as well. It's also important to remember that this is really his second full season, third overall, as a Major Leaguer.