Mike Aviles' wife Jessy Aviles is charging through a fight supporting her daughter Adrianna and her fight with leukemia. Everyone on the Cleveland Indians, if you've noticed, has now shaved their heads in support of Adrianna and the Aviles family. It's an amazing gesture, which makes it easy for people who don't even root for the team normally to root for the collection of guys to do such a thing.
Jessy met Mike back when she was just 18. She'd just moved to New Jersey, and she was a nanny for a six year-old boy who took lessons at a batting cage and baseball facility there. Mike happened to be working at the facility, and the two started talking and the rest is history. Mike Aviles' wife married him not long after. The couple had twin girls, of whom Adrianna is one, on January 2 of 2011. That makes the twins four years old. Man, getting leukemia at the age of four is a rough hand to be dealt, but I guess one good way to look at it is losing one's hair at that age isn't as awkward as a little later on in adolescence. Jessy said of the twin's births: "I can't believe this year has flown by! And I have learned so much...especially what is REALLY important in life!"
The couple also have two ugly dogs, one of which Jessy describes as "my snaggle tooth creature" with "a face only a mother could love." No but they're cute little cretins. They're small and look sort of like a cross between chihuahuas and beagles or something. Jessy has traveled with Mike everywhere, and I've seen pictures of her going to the Kansas City Royals games to support him. Of course, traveling with your husband and then not seeing him takes its toll, but the biggest test is coming right now, and it's also got to be a tough time for Adrianna's sister-- knowing that she has to go through the leukemia treatments.
Carlos Carrasco's wife Karelis Carrasco lives with him in the charming beachfront city of Clearwater, Florida. This is the location where Carlos once returned to while Karelis gave birth to their baby daughter Camila, who is now around three years old. It was one of those "sorry, coach, but I need to get gone for a day or two" occasions since the Cubs were in the middle of spring training. Apparently the doctor at the hospital induced labor but they still had to wait an entire day for the baby to be born. Ouch.
Though Carlos Carrasco's wife is technically named Karelis, she generally goes by Karry to keep things informal and sounding less like a pop starlet. According to Carlos, Karry is a nervous nelly, arriving late to games because she gets too anxious watching him. I don't really get that; I mean, he's not a boxer. Being a pitcher is a pressure-packed job, but if you don't have a good game there's always the next one. Anyway, she tries to attend as many games as she can, and she does so with Camila by her side.
I sort of wonder Karry reacts to Carlos after he gets suspended for hitting batters with pitches. He's done it twice in his career, and both times came directly after giving up home runs. The latest time was two years ago when Carlos got suspended for 8 games for hitting Kevin Youkilis after giving up a homer to Melky Cabrera. I think he got sent down to the minors at that point, but does Karry ever ask him, "Hey so was that intentional or is the league just giving you a hard time?" Based on everything I've seen from player wives, it's unlikely Carlos Carrasco's wife Karelis Carrasco even has such a conversation. In pro sports relationships, the name of the game is full and steady support.
Yan Gomes' wife Jenna Gomes is a compassionate and pious young woman. The couple has a baby girl named Brooklyn whom was born in early 2014. Jenna Gomes is a graduate of Tennessee (thus explaining her commitment to Vols athletics) and she frequently tweets about how they're doing in various sports. She's also showed off the MLB season pass on her iPad that she uses to keep up with all of Yan's games. She's well-versed in what's happening in the MLB at all times. Based on the frequency of tweets about her husband's team and goings-on, I doubt she misses any games at all.
One fairly grim thing Yan Gomes' wife Jenna Gomes shared on her social media was a link to a religious article about a physician-assisted suicide and how it was "wrong." Of course, this is the kind of thing that annoys those who are secular and make decisions without the help from the Bible. Jenna was apparently concerned about Brittany Maynard's decision to take her life. Maynard was a young lady with a fatal brain-tumor that was causing unendurable pain and suffering for her, and so she went through with the suicide. This caused a bit of a stir and led some zealots to decry the decision. One is forced to question the compassion of essentially telling someone with a brain tumor to suck it up.
Jenna Gomes visits more baseball stadiums than most wives, but this may slow down because of their new baby girl. The pregnancy certainly didn't stop her from climbing a mountain-- an act that got her a lot of attention from fellow mountain climbers who were quick to give her all sorts of assistance and food. Outside of traveling with Yan to baseball games, the couple also travel to different cities for fun when he's not playing. Jenna has said the best thing about traveling to the southwest is drive-through Mexican food. Well, everyone's allowed to have an opinion.