#MLBPlayers411 | Mike Morse
Today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, Mike Morse, had bought a boat and at 34 was settling into retirement in Florida before he was bitten by the baseball bug at Hunter Pence's wedding this past fall. Seated next to Giants general manager Bobby Evans, the two got to talking and had a handshake deal on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training before the reception was over.
“I told [Evans], ‘I don't care about the money,'” Morse said in an interview with the Washington Post. “'You can write a contract for a pack of baseball cards. It's not about the money. If you want me to help your team, I know I can help. And I'll be there.'”
Morse, who has been around baseball since 2005, hadn't played since April 2016, but the power swing began to come back and, after a DL stint to open the season, he crushed a game-tying bomb off Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez in his first at bat of the year on Wednesday night.
It wasn't the first time Mike has demonstrated a flair for the dramatic in a Giants uniform. A member of San Francisco's championship club in 2014, Mike hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run in Game 5 of the NLCS as well as a big hit that drove in the game-winning run in Game 7 of the World Series.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was drafted by the White Sox in 2000 and began his career with the Mariners, but his career season came in 2011 with the Nationals, when he hit 31 homers and finished fourth in the NL with a .550 slugging percentage.
Mike spent his early childhood with his siblings and grandparents in Jamaica before moving to Florida, where he attended Nova High School in Davie, where he also was the quarterback for the football team.