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Alexis Pence

Meet the full-time gamer who fell in love with another sport…baseball

From a young age, Alexis Pence—successful YouTuber and an avid gamer on Twitch—always had an interest in video games. But growing up, it was tough: Girls just didn’t play them. “One magical day, my dad had a client who gave him a couple of video games to bring home,” she remembers. “I was so excited that I begged my mom to buy me my first gaming system at Costco. I was hooked.”

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Alexis took a break from playing in high school and college, but she fell right back into it after school. It’s also how she met her husband, Hunter Pence, right fielder for the San Francisco Giants. “I used to work for a company called IGN, which is like an ESPN for video games,” she says. “He was coming in to promote a video game he was in, and I happened to be producing the live stream that day, and we just hit it off. He’s so down-to-earth and charming. Plus, his baby blues really got me.”

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On her perfect day in San Francisco. “I love everything about this city, but grabbing coffee at my favorite coffee shops, going to a baseball game (go Giants!) and exploring different neighborhoods are my favorite ways to spend a day here.”

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On a travel hack she swears by. “During the baseball season, I’m on the road every other week. It’s a very nomadic lifestyle, but it’s also taught me how to efficiently pack. The trick: I take pictures of the outfits I travel with—accessories included—and keep them on my phone, so I can select an outfit before I even get out of bed. It cuts down the getting-ready process and keeps my suitcase way more organized.”

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On the best piece of advice she’s ever received. “Getting a good night’s sleep, staying hydrated and not being hungry are part of becoming your higher self.”

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On something no one knows about her. “I have a secret passion for stand-up comedy. I love to make people laugh, and my dream is to get up on stage and perform my stand-up. My favorite comedians right now are Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. I love the way they challenge the way you think about social norms. I usually just perform for my husband—he’s my toughest critic. Then, when I feel really confident in the material, I perform it in front of my friends and family.”

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On her newfound love of baseball. “Growing up, I actually hated baseball. My favorite TV show was Saved by the Bell and it was always canceled because the Dodgers were playing. At my old office, the stadium was across the street, and I would get so annoyed on game days. Now the tables have completely turned and I know way more about the sport. I’ve learned to really love it.”