Sometimes people break up.
I know, it's sad, but it's true. And without sounding like we're whining about how the plight of a professional athletes dating life make our job harder on this site,..... it really does make our job harder (fine, we're whining).
Fortunately for us, Bud Norris' girlfriend Rachel Burns was happy to set the record straight. The Orioles fireballer was dating someone, and then he wasn't. And without being tapped in to the Bud Norris dating update PlayerWives.com was leading with inaccurate information.
Enter Rachel Burns. She reached out to us to clear things up. While reaching out to us, in and of itself isn't unique, doing so without screaming at us is. Bud Norris' girlfriend Rachel was happy to give us a bio. Rather than slice and dice, we'll leave it to her:
A little about me, I'm from the SF Bay Area (met Bud through mutual friends). I went to law school at Berkeley and currently work as a corporate attorney in Silicon Valley. My work focuses on representing start ups in various corporate matters including equity and venture debt financings. I'm a huge baseball fan and watch as many O's games (on TV and in person!) as I can squeeze into my busy schedule. Bud and I are making the distance work for now but are looking forward to a change down the road.
In my free time I love to be outdoors, especially hiking, cycling and practicing yoga. I'm currently training for a 200 mile bike ride from Seattle to Portland. I also love live music and am a frequent concert/festival goer. Finally, I'm an avid traveler and have visited over 40 countries, often traveling solo.
It's cool when we find people worth rooting for,... and both Bud Norris and Rachel Burns fit that bill. Good luck to both of them!
Cal Ripken's wife Kelly Ripken married the legendary baseball player back in 1987, and the couple are still keeping the love alive. Man, you've got to admire Cal Ripken. He's the Iron Man. You don't need me to tell you why he was awesome on the field. Go and Wiki him if you don't know. Before we talk about the lovely Kelly, I'd just like to add that Cal has written over 30 books. That is sort of nuts to me. When I learned that, I thought, "Does Ripken really have that much to say?" But hey, He's the Iron Man-- he's got a long streak of book writing going.
Okay, so about Ripken's wife Kelly. First of all, there's a goofy rumor that's existed since the late 90's that Kevin Costner allegedly had a relationship with Kelly and caused Cal to allegedly beat him up and say he wasn't going to play. The rumor continues that the entire Orioles administration was going to pretend they had a lighting problem so Cal could keep his streak alive. Sorry, but this is utter nonsense. I've got a really good nose for this kind of thing, and you can tell based on both Costner and Ripken's rebuttals regarding this rumor that it's bullshit.
So now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about the good work that Cal's wife Kelly did back in the late 90's instead of the made-up tripe. She gave $250,000 to Johns Hopkins to establish a special program to help treat thyroid disorders (apparently they suck big time). Kelly was a sufferer from something called Graves disease, which is caused from an overactive thyroid gland and basically makes you feel like you want to smash your face into a countertop. Her official statement regarding the gift was "By establishing this service and becoming an active participant and source of support, I hope to alleviate similar frustrations that other patients may be feeling." You've got to respect that.
Andrew Miller's wife Katie Miller was another one of those "I getcha' 'cuz I lived it" types. She was a competitive soccer player at Duke. Apparently they get really competitive together whenever Duke and Andrew's alma mater North Carolina play. As detailed in ESPN's article, Andrew was not digging the vibe a few years back when Duke took UNC down in basketball. Andrew said, "But as hard as we try, that game was tough, I'll be honest with you. I wasn't in the mood to talk and hang out with her after the game. And she's not the nicest person in the world when Carolina wins." Geez, kinda' makes Katie sound like a jerk.
So now who is Katie Miller, really? Well, Andrew's wife Katie is now an official Baltimore resident, as she and Andrew have been shipped off unceremoniously to a team with a much higher chance of winning the World Series than Andrew's old team the Red Sox, who really stunk this year. I myself am a Red Sox fan, and it hurts. But that is neither here nor there. Katie Miller made Andrew cut his beard and his long hair when he was traded to said team, and she was never shy about not liking the style. Andrew himself kept the style alive for a number of years, but it was time to let it go, dude.
Since everybody in the media seems to make a big deal of this, I might as well elaborate a bit more about it. Not only is Katie a Blue Devil, but father is a Blue Devil. Her mother is a Blue Devil. Her brother is a Blue Devil. Imagine what it's like for Andrew to go over their house on a holiday when Duke is playing. If I were a competitive athlete, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.