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Posted: Tuesday August 21, 2012 5:50PM ; Updated: Tuesday August 21, 2012 5:50PM

Phillies giving away bobblehead of recently traded Pence

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More than 44,000 fans at Citizen's Bank Park are expected to get one Tuesday

Philadelphia traded Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants on July 31

Pence thanked the fans in a note that will be included in the box

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Hunter Pence became a fan favorite during his brief time in Philadelphia before being dealt to San Francisco last month.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Here's an instant collector's item: a Hunter Pence bobblehead in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform.

Despite having traded the two-time All-Star right fielder to San Francisco on July 31, the Phillies will be giving out the Pence dolls to fans attending Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.

The bobbleheads were manufactured before the season, so the team is sticking with the promotion rather than waste them. More than 44,000 fans are expected at Citizens Bank Park, which has been sold out nearly every game this season.

Pence signed off on the idea and even thanked fans in a note that was stuffed inside the box.

"Thanks, Phillies fans, for the great memories," Pence's message reads. "I'm glad my Bobble Figurine will still be given out even though I'm no longer in Philadelphia. I hope it will serve as a lasting reminder of my time there. It was a year of my career that I will never forget.

Pence quickly became a fan favorite upon his arrival in Philadelphia last July. He was traded to the Giants because the Phillies fell out of contention and wanted to trim payroll.

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