Chicago Cubs Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)


Addison Russell's girlfriend Melissa Reidy

Addison Russell's girlfriend Melissa Reidy is most definitely a very young and very pregnant lady. She posted a picture of some kind of "pregnancy assistance app" which describes how her third trimester will be and also says her baby is now the size of a "canary melon." I, like you, have no idea what a canary melon is, but this seems pretty legit because Melissa mentions her pregnancy multiple times and seems to be waiting for her baby who she's already named Aidan Kai. She's also posted pictures of herself (in which she is fully pregnant). Baking buns is what she does. These guys are all about preparation!

Addison Russell's girlfriend Melissa Reidy is apparently also his fiance, and though Addison is the second youngest player in the National League, that's not stopping him from tying the knot and jumping head first into fatherhood. Hey, the guy's got his future in full sight. That future also, of course, includes kicking some butt in baseball. That makes everything about raising a family easier. Right now, Addison and Melissa do normal couple stuff like go to see "Minions" and fly around to different cities for various baseball-related reasons.

Melissa is also fairly religious, praising God now and again online and letting everyone bask in her pious glow. Melissa also has a little Schnauzer-looking dog named Jay who is sure to take the backseat once Aidan Kai arrives in her life. I always have this weird sadness when I see pictures of the girlfriend with the dog when she's pregnant-- as if I mourn the death of the girlfriend/dog relationship with the coming of the girlfriend/son relationship. Of course, there is no death of the girlfriend/dog relationship here; it's just a subtle downgrading of attention. Guys, I'm looking out for Melissa's dog Jay here; I got his back.


Jason Hammel's wife Elissa Hammel

Jason Hammel's wife Elissa Hammel joined as a guest commentator on the MLB Network to talk about making pork chops for Jason. Yeah, I guess they were running low on stuff to talk about, but she was there to give the recipe. Center cut pork loins, marinated in wine and spices 2-4 hours in the fridge minimum, and then you take them out and put them in a plastic bag with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese with a bunch of spices. She didn't even say what spices they were, though. I feel like they missed the point of the whole segment and didn't get specific enough.

Elissa first started dating Jason when they were both living in Florida. He'd been playing for the Rays, and this pork chop dish was one of the first ones she made for him. Jason Hammel's wife Elissa Hammel now has a son with him, and she's apparently become something of a chef now that she's taken up the cooking duties of the family. She said in the interview that Jason always asks for these magical pork chops every single time she asks him what he'd like to eat for dinner. Elissa went on to talk about how silent Jason was back in 2012 when he was on the verge of being voted in as a write-in all-star. Elissa had been pushing for the votes but he was keeping it cool.

Their son Beckett was born some time around 2012, and before they had their kid, they had their dog, a 40-pound boxer named Sadie who was with them, as Jason reports on his blog, "through the excitement of the World Series with our first team Tampa Bay, a 3 year run with Colorado and a whirlwind year in Baltimore that took us to the Playoffs."​ Incidentally, Jason is one of the only MLB players I've come across that has his own blog. I tell you, pitchers have way too much free time. It's a very un-pro athlete thing to do, but it does give fans a little insight into his life. ​ Elissa Hammel was also present at the Fidos For Freedom non-profit event in Washington DC where they were raising money to help train and provide service dogs for people with special needs. Every time I see one of those dogs, they seem like super dogs to me. Just recently Elissa and Jason had their second child recently and are living happily in Chicago.


Dexter Fowler's wife Aliya Fowler

Big fan of this couple right here. They take great pictures together of themselves hugging dressed-up donkeys, they write great tweets about marriage equality, and they always look good doing it. Dexter Fowler's wife Aliya Fowler is a Persian mother of their young and very cute daughter Nayalman. Aliya has said "I pray I never have to show these two how much they mean to me. I would lay my life...My world revolves around their happiness and I couldn't be happier." That's a good message. It may not exactly be something to share for everyone on the internet, but it's nice nonetheless.

So I referenced a quote about equality earlier, and it had to do with Dexter Fowler's wife Aliya Fowler. Dexter said a few days ago: "In 1967, interracial marriages were legalized. If that had not happened, my wife and I would not be able to in union. Love should ​always win​."​ That's a pretty cool statement for an athlete to make. You gotta' love when athletes have smart opinions about things that matter in society. So points for that one. I'm sure Aliya was digging that message as well. As far as her response to the Supreme Court's decision about gay marriage, she said: "My heart is happy. It's the acceptance of things we don't understand that gives me hope for the future." I happen to think we do understand them and that was sort of the point, but we know what she means.

Of course, Aliya Fowler can talk about less serious stuff too. She says of prepared meals: "Trying this whole meal prep thing. How boring! Being skinny is boring; I want a Shake Shack burger." I totally agree with this sentiment, and I also would like a Shake Shack Burger. Prepared meals don't have to be completely boring though, as many ultra-obsessive athlete's wives can attest to. Aliya isn't really on that sculpting-the-body-like-it's-metal vibe though, and I can dig that too. The player wives with Michelangelo abs sort of intimidate me and confuse me. Aliya is keeping everything balanced in her life. She even goes on road trips with the baby to see some of Dexter's away games.