Miguel Montero & son - @miggymont: Guys trip to Vegas
After trading franchise player Justin Upton as well as Chris Young and Stephen Drew, it would appear that the Arizona Diamondbacks are in a rebuilding mode. One constant that remains in their lineup is Miguel Montero, who has been with the team since 2007. So while the fans have some adjusting to do, Montero seems settled into his starting catch role. A familiar face in his life is Miguel Montero’s wife Vanessa Montero.
Now 29 years old, Montero has been the starting catcher for the Diamondbacks since 2009. As their longest tenured player, he will lead a youth movement in the desert along with manger Kirk Gibson. Montero was signed as a free agent in 2001 from his home nation of Venezuela. Vanessa Montero is also from Venezuela and is presumably where she met Miguel. The couple sounds like they are pretty happy, even taking a second honeymoon in 2010. As far as we can tell, they have one child (a son).
Montero’s hard work has made him into one of the better hitting catchers in the league and resulted in his first All Star appearance in 2011. There was a slight problem wit that though – he and Vanessa were supposed to go on vacation. However, after hearing the great news, Vanessa told ArizonaSports.com that she “cried like a baby I was so happy for him”. It probably didn’t hurt that the game was played in Arizona, making the honor even greater as Montero played in front of his hometown crowd.
Aaron Hill is one of those guys that seems to consistently produce on the field, despite being pretty widely unheralded outside of Arizona and Toronto. While there have been some bumps in the road, he put together his best season in 2012 and things are looking up for the Diamondbacks second baseman.
Aaron Hill's wife Elizabeth Hill has been by his side since their high school days in Visalia, CA. Aaron was 16 when he began dating Elizabeth, age 14 at the time. Despite Elizabeth not being allowed to date when they first met, Aaron has recalled a story of going to Elizabeth's parents house while she was away to ask her parents permission to date. After what was apparently a successful conversation, the date finally happened. The couple has been together since, and had their first child in 2009, daughter Paige and since had a son, Stephen.
Elizabeth has made the trip from Visalia, to LSU for college, through multiple stops in the minors, to north of the border in Toronto, and finally now to Arizona. Aaron Hill appreciates the woman by his side, telling DaveLombardiSports.com that Elizabeth is his, "best friend who has been there for me throughout almost everything." At age 31 and 29 respectively, the Hill's probably hope that Arizona is one of his last stops, as it's clearly the closest to the town they both call home.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have built a roster for the long haul. With an even blend of conservative contracts, and young players under team control, the team has put together a recipe for long term success.
At the center of the young players to help the team go forward is first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt tore through the minor leagues and found his way to the bigs late in 2011 before posting a monster 2012 season. On the journey through the entire trip has been Paul Goldschmidt's wife Amy Goldschmidt.
Paul and Amy Goldschmidt met at Texas State during their freshman year. Amy was on the golf team, and Paul readily admits that she takes the golfing trophies in the Goldschmidt house. In an interview with USA Today, Paul talks about their time on the links together
"I try to play with her, but I've got no chance. I'm not very good. She tries to help, but I can be stubborn at times. So, I'll bring her out with some of my friends and use her as a ringer and try to take some money from the guys."
The two were engaged while she was still in college, and Paul shares the interesting proposal story to Fox Sports in the video on the right. They were married in October, 2010 and have no children together yet, but do have one dog together.