Derek Norris’ girlfriend Kristen Eck is the perfect addition to the Technicolor world of the 21st Century Oakland Athletics, team of the future! She’s got tastefully done purple and blue hair, she’s beautiful, and she’s spunky. She’s also pals with Tina Milone, so you know she’s cool. This happens a lot in wife and girlfriend circle amongst pro athletes. It’s sort of like the wives in Goodfellas.
I have the perfect way to describe what Kristen looks like: she’s a cross between a young Pamela Adlon and Karen Fillipelli. Nailed it, right? So Kristen is a hairstylist, and that explains the craftily cut mullet which Mr. Norris is known for. In a recent article in USA Today, Derek basically summarized Kristen’s relationship to the mullet as something she puts up with and is cool about. He describes it as “back from the past, into the future,” which is sort of apt considering mullets have been laying low for a long time. They mine as well rear their weird head now that it’s 2014.
Derek’s year with the A’s has been great. You can’t complain about a .305 batting average and 58 hits thus far. He’s a good catcher with an arm, and I sort of think any catcher hitting above .270 is a bonus since good all-arounders are hard to come by. Like his teammates, Derek’s an absolute steal at about $500,000 per year, which will of course rocket up as soon as he becomes a free agent. Them’s the ropes. Your agent’s helpless until you prove yourself and enter the market. I’ve said this about other Oakland supervalues– Derek will probably be picked up by the Yankees at some point when he enters free agency, and then he’ll start hitting .230 as soon as he dons the pinstripes. Seen it time and time again. According to baseballreference.com, he’s not eligible to be a free agent until 2019, and the earliest that he’d be eligible for salary arbitration is 2016. Pretty sweet to be Billy Beane right about now.