Chris Carpenter's wife Alyson Carpenter gets all the credit, at least from Chris, for his return to baseball after injury. While rehabbing an injury in the minors in 2003, Chris experienced another setback to his torn rotator cuff. He said he was ready to walk away from the game for good, but credits his wife nudging him in the right direction. At the 2005 press conference for his Cy Young award, Chris said, "I was ready to be done. And she didn't think I was, that I would regret it if I didn't take that one more step and try to come back again. And the next thing you know, I got my second surgery and here we are today. And I know that if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be here."
Chris, Alyson, son Sam and daughter Ava reside in Bedford, NH in the offseason.