Mariners’ Caravan drops by the Tri-Cities

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I went with my 10-year-old son to the Mariner’s Caravan event at CBC last night.  Pitchers Eric O’Flaherty and Mark Lowe answered questions and autographed everything handed to them.  The Mariner Moose was there, too, in all his furry glory.

Eric, who was born in Walla Walla, can remember going to events like this when he was a kid.  His advice was great, I thought – keep working at it.  Try with all you’ve got, because with hard work and talent, you could be in the big leagues some day.

After the Q & A, my son and I got in line behind a woman with her own oxygen caddy and a baseball and various things to be signed.  We waited patiently in line, watched an old video they had playing of one of the greatest moments in Mariner history.  It was very calm and low key and nice; kind of small-town feeling, actually.

Finally, we got up to the table the players were sitting at and Eric signed a picture and a schedule for my son.  I noticed he was signing left-handed and just in time, I refrained from commenting to my son, “Look, he’s a lefty like you!” because OBVIOUSLY, if I were a true fan, I’d know he was a lefty and I wouldn’t need to see him sign something to figure it out!

The embarrasing moment came just seconds later as we approached Mark Lowe, but I was still staring at the incredible good looks of Eric O’Flaherty.  I was so focused on him that I tripped on the oxygen cannister of the woman in front of me.  Thank Heaven I didn’t fall to the ground, messing up everything.  Instead of the hot older babe Eric might have thought I was, he’d view me as the cruel, unfeeling broad who removed the other woman’s oxygen supply.  You know, sometimes God’s really watching out for us, don’t you think?

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!


  1. Matt McGee says:

    LOL! That’s too funny. How come you didn’t tell me this story when you guys got home??

  2. Cari McGee says:

    Because I didn’t see the funny side of it until I sat down to write the post!

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