When the 2012 Major League Baseball season began, Hunter Pence hoped to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a World Series title. But Philadelphia traded the former UT Arlington star to San Francisco mid-year, so he helped the Giants win the World Series instead. Pence had four hits in San Francisco’s four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, and he played a key role as the Giants battled from two games behind in both the National League division and championship series. “We didn’t allow doubt to ever creep in,” he said. “We had our backs against the wall, and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.” His three-run double in the third inning propelled San Francisco to a 9–0 win in the deciding game of the National League Championship Series. Pence played for UT Arlington in 2003 and 2004, and the Houston Astros drafted him in the second round. After a stint in the minors, he joined the Astros in 2007 and played there until mid-season 2011 when he went to Philadelphia. He is a two-time Major League All-Star.