Conor Gillaspie’s wife Amanda Gillaspie lives with Conor and their son in Wichita, Kansas. Before he played in the Major League, Conor played in the Cape Cod Baseball League. This league is one of the best minor-leagues in the country. Professional teams pay close attention to it, and Conor was the MVP of the league right before he was drafted. Amanda watched many of his games, and so she was very proud of his performance in 2007. When the Giants drafted him, she was probably even more happy. He received a $975,000 as a signing bonus!
According to Conor, the bonus bothered many veterans. Conor Gillaspie’s wife was not one of them! I wonder what she thought when they sent him down to a single A team shortly after? Player wives have to adjust to these changes. As you can imagine, the money always helps. When you go from nearly a million dollars to the paltry sums minor leaguers make, it is difficult. That was a long time ago, though, and Conor is a much different player now. Even when he played on Chicago and Los Angeles, they still lived in Wichita.
Amanda took on more risk than you might think when she married this guy. He chases tornadoes! It’s a hobby that he pursued for a long time. As I mentioned before, however, Conor Gillaspie’s wife gets to live in the same place regardless of where he plays. That provides far more stability than the average pro player lifestyle. After all, Conor and Amanda first met in high school. They are classic high school sweethearts. They both value their homeland highly, and ultimately they did not want to relocate permanently. It’s easier in some ways and harder in other ways. On the one hand, they get to enjoy their home town, and on the other hand they don’t get to see each other as often.