AJ Pollock's wife Kate Newall came over to the United States from Australia and played a mean game of lacrosse during her time at Notre Dame. The couple met when she was a starter on Notre Dame's women's lacrosse, and according to her player profile, she was a competent one. He was doing his thing on the diamond; now he's doing his thing for the Diamondbacks. Somewhere along the way, Kate lived in England for awhile, and she would call her hometown Middlesex.
Kate worked at GE Capital for one year after she graduated from the Mendoza College of Business, which is a pretty good school, from what I understand. AJ Pollock's proposed to his now wife Kate Newall while his entire team was in Sydney back in March of 2014. He said since she's from Australia that it was a good time to do it. I like his reasoning-- it means he was thinking about how she would feel in that backdrop. I actually saw a picture of him proposing on some rocks by the ocean from the trip. It's not really a good photograph because of the lighting, so we're not going to bother to include it, but all I could think about was how dangerous the waters of Australia are. They've got all those ultra-lethal stinging creatures like jellyfish and sea snakes and crocodiles.
Given that the couple hasn't been married for a year, and that they both maintain no real public presence on social media, it's is probably a good thing. You can't really get a more British sounding name than Newall, and yet she abandoned England and their lacrosse team! Back when Kate was recruited by the ND coach Tracy Coyne, Kate said: "Tracy and the team came over to play in England two summers ago. I hadn't really thought of going over to America to play. I was always going to go to an English university." Imagine if she hadn't been recruited to an American school. She's be a completely different person as it relates to being with AJ, and she'd be working in some office with Ricky Gervais making uncomfortable jokes.
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.