Team Hunter Pence

I have posted before AHS Alum Hunter Pence who plays baseball. Saying Hunter plays baseball is like saying the Himalayan Mountains are tall. A major understatement. Hunter was a star baseball player at Arlington High and then again at UT-Arlington. He is on his 3rd Major League team. One of my dad’s favorite teams…the Giants. The Giants are in the World Series which started last night. Hunter hit a two run homer last night. There was much cheering and screaming at my house.


So this morning the daily announcements come on as they do each morning. And after the two pledges (American and Texas flags) and then our Minute of Silence we here a man’s voice and then another man’s voice.

The Stu Co kids who handle the announcements were replaying the audio of Hunter’s homer from last night. And then explained who he was. How cool is that?!?

I love my school. And I adore watching the man Hunter Pence has become.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For most of last season, the San Francisco Giantsknew they were going nowhere. They spent the entire second half below .500 and approached the final weekend with one goal: Do not let Hunter Pence leave town without a new contract.

“If he leaves town, who knows what’s going to happen?” said Larry Baer, the Giants’ chief executive, in the visiting clubhouse after Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. “Then you get caught up in the swirl with all the teams, and you get into the process — you can talk to him, then everybody can talk to him, all 30 teams.”

The Giants might have re-signed Pence as a free agent, but saw no reason to risk it. Acquiring Pence in July 2012 had been a masterstroke for General Manager Brian Sabean, a crucial part of the team’s second championship in three years. Both sides wanted the relationship to last.

In one day of negotiating with Pence’s agent, before and after a victory over San Diego on the final Friday of the season, the Giants arrived at a deal on the phone in the office of Manager Bruce Bochy: five years, $90 million.

“We hang up and Bochy says, ‘Let’s have some wine,’ ” Baer said. “So Hunter, who doesn’t drink, really, is like, ‘I’ll have a sip.’ So it’s 1 o’clock, we’ve got a day game tomorrow, and we said, ‘Hunter, we’ll get you a car,’ and he says: ‘Oh, no. I’m good to go.’ And he goes outside the door and he gets on his scooter. It’s like, ‘Hunter, we just handed you $90 million, and you take a scooter home?’ He says: ‘Oh, yeah! That’s the way I roll, man.’ He puts his helmet on and, vroom, off he goes with $90 million in his pocket.”

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 I love that the ball went right up to the sign saying “Hunter Pence thinks we’re in Kansas”.

The Count is On!


A mere 61 days until Chris and Sarah get married.

A mere 61 days until our next cruise

A mere 60 days until we’re in New Orleans.

A mere 63 days until our 37th anniversary.

A mere 65 days until Christmas – on the beach in Grand Cayman.

Not that I’m counting or anything.

Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser

Claire is the heroine of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. They are my second favorite series of books and I’ve been reading the series for several weeks.

Today, October 20, 2014 is Claire’s 96th birthday.

Diana’s Outlander Facebook page posted this birthday card for Claire signed by her husband and others and asking for others to sign Claire’s card. I’m sharing it here as well.

It’s Claire’s 96th birthday and the MacKenzie clan sent along a card for the occasion. Help us wish her a happy birthday with your own message in the comments below.


Happy Birthday, Claire! You have provided me with hours and days of reading pleasure for these 14 years. Here’s to many more!


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