MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

11/13/14

Jacob Degrom's Wife Stacey Harris Degrom

 

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Jacob Degrom's wife Stacey Harris Degrom is livin' the dream. She just got married to the National League rookie of the year, she's going to Rangers games and sitting next to celebrity chefs (as reported by TMZ), she's heading off to Hawaii to catch some rays. What more could you want out of life? TMZ Sports gave a kind of super-excited rush interview before he left for dinner with Stacey. The guy interviewing him was so amped up Jacob looked a little tongue-tied.

For Jacob's wife Stacey, things could not be better. Stacey was seen a little earlier in the year helping out kids at a Mets community reachout program where she made duct tape wallets, lanyards (I'm not sure what those are), and bags with youngsters. Apparently a lanyard is one of those things that you hang around your neck for your keys. Gym teachers and coaching types use them for whistles too. So she's already into the giving-back aspect of being a player wife. Helping kids and less fortunate people is one of those great things good sports organizations hook up their players and significant others with.

The couple's trip to Hawaii is just one of those classic honeymoon destinations that you can't go wrong with if you're a valuable athlete. The more you pay, the better your getaway will be-- that's the golden rule of big relaxing vacations. Speaking of value, Jacob is still at the point where he's getting the rookie bucks even though he's the rookie of the year. That means he's being paid $500,000 a year instead of something way higher, which is sure to come. So the Mets right now are getting some great value out of him, and Stacey's ring is taking up a more significant percentage of his income than it would have had be been in the league a few more years and gotten out of the rookie salary stage. Jacob's wife Stacey ain't going anywhere but up.

11/12/14

Corey Kluber's wife Amanda Kluber

 

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Corey Kluber's wife Amanda Kluber is definitely proud of her Cy Young award winning husband, but I still doubt it gets him out of baby duty tonight.

Kluber's wife Amanda gave birth to the couple's second child just months before Kluber kicked off his 2014 Cy Young campaign. And Amanda knows exactly how to tug at the voting public's heart strings. When Kluber was nominated for the final AL All Star spot in July, Amanda took to Twitter to use their children to beg the public to vote Kluber to the All Star game. Now ultimately, it didn't work, but you can't blame a gal for using what's at her disposal.

Amanda Kluber moved to Cleveland from the family's Jacksonville home in 2014. Amanda is originally from the Northeast, tweeting support and referring to Boston as "back home," following the marathon bombing tragedy. One might be able to point to some home stability to help Kluber become the best pitcher in the American League. In various interviews Corey acknowledges there's never really a break from mom duty for a traveling baseball player's wife, he relishes the time he's home with the family. The couple tries to carve out time for Game Of Thrones every week, telling Cleveland.com

"I'm a big fan. My wife Amanda and I try to set aside sometime every Sunday after the girls go to sleep to watch. The Red Wedding was intense. I didn't see it coming. Lonnie Chisenhall has read all the books so he knew, but I had no idea. I would like to say Tyrion is going to make it, but they kill off every main character. You've got to put your money on that.

11/03/14

Ernie Johnson's Wife Cheryl Johnson

 

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Ernie Johnson's wife Cheryl Johnson is a saint, and Ernie himself is a great guy. Back in 1991, Cheryl told Ernie she needed to go to Romania to try and help out with their exploding orphan child population. She had it in her mind that she would try and find a very young child (under a year) without any permanent handicaps. Instead, she found a three year-old boy with a host of just about the worst handicaps you can imagine, and she felt pity and worry over his future. She told Ernie about him over the phone, and Ernie told her to "bring him home." Ernie and Cheryl Johnson are heroes.

Their son Michael is now 26. He suffers from severe muscular dystrophy, which is a hellish disease that causes one's muscles to atrophy and dissolve away. That means every muscle-- like the muscles you use to play guitar, the muscles you use to speak, the muscles you use to breathe. Think about that the next time you want to feel sorry for yourself. He uses a wheelchair and permanent ventilator with a tracheostomy tube, but he's received all kinds of treatments and care that he certainly would not have had in Romania. Since there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, his disease gets worse every year. Ernie says of his son that "every day is a blessing." Michael is just one of four adopted children of Ernie and his wife Cheryl. The couple also have two biological children, one them, Maggie, was inspired by her parents to become a special education teacher.

Ernie says of adoption: "Every child has the right to a home. Any time I can, I speak to the benefit of adoptions for both parents and children, I never hesitate. At the same time it wouldn't be an honest portrayal if people thought I was preaching something that was all blue skies." Cheryl met Ernie when she was the drive-in teller at a bank back in 1979. Ernie was a news anchor for a station in Macon, Georgia. He somehow managed to start dating the bank teller. That's pretty impressive. I mean, I guess you just sit in the car and talk to her during the banking exchange or whatever. Anyway, Cheryl and Ernie are awesome.