NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hunter Pence loves breakfast.
He'll tell you that point-blank -- it's his favorite meal of the day, and he considers it a bit of a hobby to find the best breakfast places in every city he visits during the baseball season. He'll check with the concierge at the hotel and some of the locals if he has a chance, and based on their recommendations, off he goes to indulge in eggs and bacon and pancakes and whatever other delicious delectables may be on the menu.
So it's only appropriate that one of several items the Giants will be donating to Major League Baseball's unprecedented auction is an opportunity to join Pence during a breakfast excursion in San Francisco, along with other incentives that make this a must-bid package.
The auction item is part of a massive nationwide event that is currently taking place on MLB.com, a venture that will benefit Stand Up to Cancer, which Major League Baseball has supported since 2008 as founding sponsor.
The Giants are offering a number of items. As of 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, the Pence breakfast package, which includes two autographed Pence items and a photo opportunity, had received 17 bids, topping out at $1,775 -- one of the highest bids for any team yet.
Also up for grabs from the Giants is a Hall of Fame package that includes autographed baseballs from Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry, and an Orlando Cepeda cap, each with a certificate of authenticity, plus a Juan Marichal jersey. That package, as of 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, had generated 15 bids, the highest coming in at $775.
There never has been an auction quite like MLB.com/SU2CAuction, and that is mainly the result of club PR directors who got together on a mission that is very personal in nature. Many of them work with club personnel who have been diagnosed with cancer, and this became a unified effort to use their unique access and list at least 70 items that almost make it hard to choose.
The auction includes participation via meet-and-greet and/or autographed items from 16 Hall of Famers: Hank Aaron, Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Orlando Cepeda, Andre Dawson, Carlton Fisk, Al Kaline, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice and Nolan Ryan. Three others honored at Cooperstown have agreed to lend their involvement: broadcasting award winners Denny Matthews and Vin Scully, as well as Roland Hemond, 2011 recipient of the Hall's Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meet-and-greets or unique experiences were donated by at least 15 current or former All-Stars: Don Baylor, Kirk Gibson, Rick Honeycutt, Tim Hudson, Craig Kimbrel, Brian McCann, Charles Nagy, Giancarlo Stanton, Bronson Arroyo, Tyler Clippard, Evan Longoria, Pence, David Price, Troy Tulowitzki and 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout.
Listed are autographed items from more of the game's best current and former players, including Jeff Bagwell, Jose Bautista, Craig Biggio, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Dunn, Todd Helton, Felix Hernandez, Chipper Jones, Paul Konerko, Dale Murphy and Frank Thomas.
The organizers are also asking all 30 managers to sign baseballs, which will be auctioned off at a later date.