Once his season was over, it took a few days before Hunter Pence could flip on the TV and watch a baseball game. He'd only been in Philadelphia for a little more than two months, but he felt the weight of the expectations and the immense disappointment of falling short as much as anyone.

But eventually, the lure of baseball was too much. By the time the World Series began, Pence was glued to his TV and, despite his Texas roots, pulling hard for the Cardinals.

"It feels better to lose to the team that beats everybody," Pence said.