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10/25/14

Lesley Visser's Husband Dick Stockton

 

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Lesley Visser and ex-husband Dick Stockton are broadcasting legends. They're heavyweights who've been in the game for so long, they helped shape the language of sports broadcasting. They met in 1975 at Game 6 of the World Series. It was the classic game that Carlton Fisk won with a home run that bounced off the foul pole. People forget that was in the 12th inning! If you watch the clip, Dick Stockton was the guy who was broadcasting the game, and after the hit he delivers a fairly standard reaction from the booth: "There it goes-- a long drive. If it stays fair...home run!" Visser was there too. She was covering the game as a writer for The Boston Globe.

Visser and ex-husband Stockton were married from 1983 to 2010. They had a good long run, and that entire time the two of them were staying incredibly busy doing what they do best-- broadcasting sports. Lesley is now married to a fellow named Bob Kanuth. In a recent interview, Lesley said of her legacy: "This is what gratifies me. I've been a beat writer, I've been a columnist, I've been a feature reporter, I've been a panelist on The NFL Today, I've done the sideline thing. So having done all those jobs gratifies me that a young woman now can say I want to do that and it does exist." Well, she's climbed the K2 of sports broadcasting mountains for women: game analyst. She sits around with all the retired former players and talks about the game. That's pretty outstanding. Fox has been criticized for only hiring women sideline reporters based on their looks, and this is both understandable and a little unfortunate. Visser is the one who laid the groundwork to even be a woman broadcasting sports, and she's a real journalist. According to Wikipedia, her broadcasting credits include the Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series, Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Figure Skating Championships and the U.S. Open. That is a consummate pro.

10/23/14

Omar Infante's Wife Yohanna Infante

 

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Omar Infante's wife Yohanna Infante believes that home is where the heart is. The two native Venezuelans live in Lecheria on the northeast coast of their country. Man, there is a lot of Venezuelan baseball talent in the Majors. The Giants and the Royals are no stranger to that talent either. After last night, Kansas City is really appreciating it more than they ever have. Omar busted the tie and broke the game open.

Omar and wife Yohanna have a son. His name is, presumably, a combination of their names: Yomar. That's a pretty slick move. I wish more couples would do that. Angela and Buck Showalter would have had a kid named Buckula Showalter. That would've been the cat's meow. Yohanna is plenty happy with the huge pay-bumps Omar has taken over the past six years. Compare his Atlanta contract in 2008 of $4.3 million to his four-year 30-plus million deal and we're talking about a lot of financial security. They might be able to buy a few towns in Venezuela after he retires. The couple has been married for over ten years, and they've seen their ups and downs as far as Omar's career goes. Remember back in 2010 when people were trashing Infante as an all-star selection because they felt he didn't have the stats, and Omar agreed with them! Then there was the game back in April where he got nailed in the face by a fastball from Heath Bell, who clearly did not want that to happen. You can only imagine how Yohanna felt when she saw that happen. The worst part was the broadcasters saying "Oh you never want to see that happen" and then replaying it in super slow motion multiple times and zoomed in. I guess that's modern baseball, folks. Yohanna is attending all the home games and wearing her cap, hoping the Royals will pull it off.

10/23/14 (Updated)

Nori Aoki's Wife Sachi Ohtake Aoki

 

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Nori Aoki's wife Sachi Ohtake Aoki has been with him since 2008, having been introduced by a mutual friend. They tied the knot about two years later. This was a big move for Sachi since she was formerly a television broadcaster in Japan, and she had a serious career going for herself. Up and moving to the United States to be with her pro baseball-playing husband was a big decision.

Sachi was well aware of how the top baseball players in Japan operate and what they're looking to do once they've peaked. It's essentially a game of testing yourself and making the move into MLB. Nori certainly qualifies as a top baseball player. He may be the hardest batter to strike out in the Majors (K'ing once every fifteen at-bats or so). For Nori, marrying his wife Sachi was something of a tradition for Japanese-born MLB players. Hideki Okajima, Kazuhisa Ishii, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Ichiro Suzuki all did the exact same thing. Who can blame them? Being easy on the eyes makes you a good candidate for television broadcasting, and that goes hand in hand with being a good candidate for baseball marriages, apparently.

The couple has had two children in the past few years, and they take trips back to Japan in the offseason to visit friends and relatives. Sachi actually keeps an incredibly detailed blog with all kinds of pictures and anecdotes (I think). Unfortunately, it's basically gibberish since Google Translate isn't yet up to the task of translating Japanese into discernible English. You can sort of get the gyst of what she's talking about-- mostly detailed stories and ideas about life in America and her husband's progress and adventures in baseball. She seems really smart and peppy, but I wouldn't be able to confirm it without dozens and dozens of hours with the Rosetta Stone.