Found November 16, 2011 on The Slanch Report:

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence was mercifully removed from the abject horrorshow that was the 2011 Houston Astros and got to join one of the preeminent National League squads instead. Life is good for the young star, he's made $11 million playing baseball, is on a powerhouse team that features one of the best pitching rotations in the game, oh yeah, and now he's dating a Playboy Playmate, Shannon James.

Not bad!

The two are on vacation now, but not before Ms. James shared this photo of her and her new man.

While Pence looks like a doof, he still scores some hotties—he used to date Houston Texans cheerleader Lindsay Slott. It's gotta be nice being rich and famous...

And now, because that's how we do, let's get a little better acquainted with the lovely Ms. James...

[Crossing Broad]


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