Chicago Cubs Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

07/19/14
 

Greg Maddux's Wife Kathy Maddux

 

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Greg Maddux's wife Kathy Maddux may have turned the tide for his hall of fame logo selection. The legendary pitcher will go without a logo on his cap for his plaque when he's inducted into the Hall. In his explanation, he states that Kathy and himself "grew up in baseball in Chicago," which at first I thought meant that his wife was from Chicago, but it turns out his wife is from Fabulous Las Vegas.

Greg himself moved to Las Vegas in 1978. He met Kathy there in high school, and the two started dating. They got married in 1989, following his drafting in the second round in 1984. So this kind of explains "grew up in baseball in Chicago." It's not that they're from Chicago, but it's more like they dug their heels in there. After all, it wasn't until 1986 that he got his first start on the Cubs, after proving himself in the minors on teams like Pikefield, Peoria, Pittsfield, and Iowa. Things didn't go well. He was the youngest player in the National Leage, and went 2-4 with 5 starts that season. His second season he went 6-14 with 27 starts. Ouch. Then, in 1988 he was getting paid $82,500 dollars and managed to break out with an 18-8 record, making the all-star team. Then began his very long and massively successful era of dominance.

I mean, Maddux is one of the top 5 greatest pitchers who ever lived. It's very hard to say he's not a top 5 pitcher. Look at his stats. He won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards, and in that stretch of play was 75-29 with a 1.98 ERA. One year, he posted an ERA of 1.63 and went an astonishing 19-2. Yes, that's 19 wins and 2 losses, guys. That is absolutely nuts. You can go on and on about his accomplishments. The weird thing is the Atlanta Braves only won a single championship in all the time they had their monstrously talented squad assembled. The 1995 Braves: David Justice, Fred McGriff, Marquis Grissom, Chipper Jones, Ryan Klesko, Javy Lopez. Pitching lineup included John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux. Everyone was in their prime. How does that team not win every single year?

06/30/14
 

Jake Arrieta's wife Brittany Arrieta

 

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Jake Arrieta isn't your prototypical MLB ace. After a couple underwhelming seasons with Baltimore, it's like that Jake Arrieta's wife Brittany Arrieta was the only person who saw the last month of baseball happening.

As we write this post, Arrieta has taken a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox into the 8th inning. This comes on the heels of taking a no-no into the 7th last start out. The nearly unhittable Arrieta was a surprise candidate to takeover the role of ace on a young Cubs team, but he's fully embraced that role and flourished. A pitcher with a chip on his shoulder, he's been described in articles as focused on proving his doubters wrong, and with the first half he's put together, he's certainly accomplished that much.

In an article with the Baltimore Sun, Brittany Arrieta explained Jake by saying "You can't explain him. He is his own breed of person." The hyper competitive Jake has few people in the world who know him as well as Brittany as they met in elementary school and began dating as juniors in high school. After attending TCU together, the two embarked on the grueling minor league road together, and came out all the better.

Brittany was an elite gymnast in Texas, and uses that to relate to Jake in the best way possible. As a sign of appreciation for everything she's been through in his career, Jake responds by having taken Brittany to every Twilight midnight opening in the movie franchise. Jake also has a 'B' tattooed on his ring finger for his high school sweetheart and mother of their son, Cooper.

07/23/13
 

Alfonso Soriano's wife Angelica Soriano

 

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This is one that makes me feel old. Do you realize Alfonso Soriano is 37? I mean seriously, I know it feels like he's been around forever,... but 37? I mean come on!

While Soriano has skipped around various baseball cities over the years including New York, Arlington, Washington and now Chicago, Soriano is now on the brink of a return to where he started his Major League career with the Yankees. Alfonso Soriano's wife Angelica Soriano will be taking the trip with him (provided he waives his 10-5 rights) and the couple will need to find a big pad back in New York. Alfonso and Angelica Soriano have six children together, three sons Allen, Angel, Alfonso Jr, and three daughters, Alisis, Angeline and Alisha. Fortunately, pulling in $17M this year and next, they should do alright for themselves in the housing market. There's not much more information known about Angelica Soriano, who probably prefers it that way after Deadspin had a lengthy article about Soriano's alleged "road beef." Their awesome words, not ours.

For those who forget, Soriano cracked the Yankees big league roster in 1999 after a couple years playing pro ball in Japan. He became a household name during his tenure in the Bronx before being dealt for Alex Rodriguez in 04. He would later land in Washington before signing the largest contract in Chicago Cubs history, earning an 8 year, $136M deal. Soriano has been generous with his money, donating more than $2.6M to help fund baseball programs for children in his native Dominican Republic.