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Craig Kimbrel's wife Ashley Kimbrel seems fun.
Besides being a smokeshow baseball loving, charitable Southern Belle, Ashley can also toughen up and hang with the guys. The 2012-2013 offseason was an eventful one for the couple. After marrying on December 1, 2012, the couple took a relaxing honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. After returning home, the Kimbrel's embarked on a charity speaking engagement for Dr. Tommy John himself, Dr. James Andrews. During that weekend away, the Kimbrel's took a brief hunting excursion where Ashley took down an eight point buck.
Now before any animal rights activists judge too harshly, know that Craig and Ashley Kimbrel are incredibly charitable. They host many events for their favorite cause, Curing Kids Cancer. In November, 2013, they hosted Cowboy Boots & Cocktails where country star Cole Swindell performed for those in attendance. Ashley often tweets support of the cause and has shown a dedication to a clearly noble endeavor.
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In the evolution of the professional athlete wife and girlfriend, Curt Schilling's wife Shonda Schilling has played a pivotal role in advancing their status. From arm candy and simple groupies, Schilling helped evolve the WAG into independent women who wield their influence to help make a difference.
In 2001, Shonda was diagnosed with Stage 2 Malignant Melanoma. After multiple surgeries and dozens of scars, Shonda survived, but realized she could help to promote the dangers of the disease. After going on a media spree including national TV and print interview, Shonda invited Good Morning America into the OR during her final surgery. Shortly after beating the disease, Shonda became a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology.
After overwhelming positive responses from others having survived, Shonda launched the Shade Foundation of America. Children's Skin Care Education & Prevention. Shonda has traveled the country promoting skin care protection, and efforts to prevent sun related diseases. As part of her awareness, Shonda has run in every Boston Marathon since 2005, promoting the Shade Foundation.
In addition to Shade, Shonda Schilling has helped to raise awareness for the ALS Foundation, as well as Aspergers Syndrome. One of Curt and Shonda's sons, Grants, has this condition, causing Shonda to dive into the effort. The Schillings were married in 1992 and have four children, Grant, Gehrig, Gabriella, and Garrison. While Schilling joined the Red Sox late in his career, the family is happy in the greater Boston area, residing there today.
Shonda's experience with battling cancer, as well as her dedication to helping others is sure to come in handy. Through an ESPN statement on February 5, 2014, Schilling announced he has been diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer. Ever the warrior on the field, the Schilling family will no doubt give the disease one hell of a fight. While saying thoughts and prayers is often overused, given everything the Schillings have already been through and everything they've already given back, our thoughts and prayers are with them.
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When we first set out to do a post on Masahiro Tanaka's wife Mai Satoda, we were admittedly concerned. Admittedly our best efforts to find information on the wives of international stars has presented challenging with often times limited results. Fortunately, when the newest member of Major League baseball happens to be married to a Japanese pop star, our job became infinitely easier.
Masahiro Tanaka's wife Mai Satoda is a former member of Japanese groups Country Musume and Hello! Project(think Japanese Spice Girls), who has also dabbled in a few solo releases. Satoda, age 29, was discovered at the age of 16 in the year 2000. While she last released a single in 2011, she'd been a regular on the Japanese pop charts, with dozens of singles released over the 11 years whether via group or solo effort.
Now, unfortunately for Satoda, a decade in the music industry wasn't quite enough to put her in the national lexicon. Satoda became a regular on a trivia show, "Quiz! Hexagon." According to a New York Daily News article, Satoda became an immediate fan favorite by providing very, very wrong answers to the general knowledge questions. While some may think the world was laughing at Satoda, an unnamed Japanese TV reported described it to the Daily News differently:
“When she joined ‘Quiz! Hexagon,’ then she became very famous. She would always give the wrong answer, and in Japan, the audience likes that. It’s a little cute and funny. [She] was not looked down upon. She became fairly popular. It wasn’t like Paris Hilton. She was well-liked for being ditzy.”
There were whispers throughout the posting process which led insiders to believe that Satoda was pushing Tanaka to sign with the Dodgers to pursue a Hollywood life. However, with plenty of exposure in the Bronx, a well known media career shouldn't be a challenge. Tanaka and Satoda leave as one of the most famous individual player & wife combinations in Japan; a quick start in the Bronx should help rekindle that status with relative ease.