Detroit Tigers Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)


Rajai Davis' Wife Marissa Davis

Rajai Davis' wife Marissa Davis had her first child with Rajai about one year ago in September of 2013, which means the couple recently celebrated the kid's first birthday. Generally this entails very little other than an infant making a mess and acting infantile. So yeah, the birthday bash was likely not very glamorous.

I really like that Rajai Davis led the league in "caught stealing" a few years back. I mean, it shows character. The man likes to take chances, and hey, that year he just happened to get thrown out 13 times. No biggy; he still stole 46 bases. His wife Marissa is less ambitious, from what I can tell. I've had a thorough look through her Pinterest wall (which can give you surprising insights into a person's interests and hobbies). As you might imagine, it's pretty damn boring. Lots of little cutesy baby things, interior decoration ideas, shopping ideas (apparently Marissa just really loves spending money that Mr. Davis earns). The most eye-catching thing that she has saved is a graphic illustrating a baby popping out of a woman, and then an explanation saying "A human body can bear only up to 45 del (unit) of pain. Yet at time of giving birth, a mother feels up to 57 del (unit) of pain. This is similar to 20 bones getting fractured at a time." First off, the unit is called the "dol," secondly, the grammar of Marissa's chosen pregnancy graphic is bad, and thirdly it's obviously not true that a human body can only bear up to 45 dols of pain if they go beyond that during the birthing process. To be honest, the whole thing creeped me out. I mean, Marissa's got this gross scientific diagram saved of a baby exiting a woman's kid tube. Nobody made you have the baby, Marissa!

Anyway, Rajai and his wife Marissa will most certainly have a well-furnished and decorated home, because she's spending an inordinate amount of time saving websites to help her with that task.


Brad Ausmus' Wife Liz Ausmus

Brad Ausmus' wife Liz Ausmus is standing by her man in these transitional times as he attempts to launch his stand-up comedy career. It's been rough going because Brad is also managing a professional baseball team on the side, and coming up with new material to try out in front of sports reporters is brutally difficult. Part of the difficulty in becoming a stand-up comedian is talking about sensitive topics in a way that is genuinely funny, and Ausmus has thus far not found his groove. He has, however, been making in-roads with other more successful comics-- networking, hanging out, taking notes, but generally speaking it's been quite the uphill battle. Ausmus knows Adam Sandler is not going to come along and ask him to be his personal assistant and joke-writer. Though he's not quite been able to elevate his game and get booked in a high-brow club like LA's Comedy Store, there have been signs of improvement. The set he delivered on 6/18, though poorly written, did manage to squeek out a few sympathetic laughs. Uncomfortable and strained as some of them were, they were the first laughs he's managed to wrench out of the audience since making the decision to try and go pro.

"I don't know if this one's gonna fly, Lizzy," Brad told his wife as he rehearsed for the show that night, "It seems a bit insensitive towards battered women."

"No, no, I'm telling you, hunny, it's gonna be great!" Liz reassured her husband. She knew he was searching for that stage confidence that had thus far proved elusive. She recalled the last open-mic where he had reverted back to simply droning on about baseball, and she shuddered at the memory of the deathly silence in the room. Why did her husband always get the stiffest audiences? She tried to remember a time when she'd even seen one of them having a drink while he was fumbling through his set.

Brad is a believer in the sage words of Kobe Bryant, which I will now recite to you: "You miss 100% of the bowling pins that you don't try and knock down...with your basketball." What Ausmus takes it to mean is you've got to try out a joke to know if it's a home run or a strikeout.


Doug Fister's girlfriend Ashley Phelps

You always like seeing the stories of couples developing from a young age, and staying together through the stresses and rigors of minor and major league baseball. In the case of Tigers pitcher, Doug Fister, the Merced, CA native appears to be staying true to his high school crush. Doug Fister's girlfriend Ashley Phelps was a classmate at Golden Valley High School in Merced. While Fister came up through the Mariners organization before getting dealt to Detroit, Phelps began work as a high school science teacher. She also serves as the girls water polo coach for Merced High School - located across the city from the school where she and Fister first met.

Phelps is charitably minded, being a frequent participant in Tigers Wives Association events. In 2012, she competed in a half marathon helping to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of two grandparents she lost to cancer. Fister's teammates even recognize her giving spirit, as catcher Bryan Pena told Fox Sports Detroit, “Doug takes a lot of time to work with kids, problem kids and all kinds, with his girlfriend."

Fortunately, Ashley gave the world one more gift as well. She's the reason that Fister decided to join Twitter - Thanks, Ash!