Detroit Tigers Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

06/20/14
 

Brad Ausmus' Wife Liz Ausmus

 

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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.

10/14/13
 

Doug Fister's girlfriend Ashley Phelps

 

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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!

04/03/13
 

Joel Hanrahan's wife Kim Hanrahan

 

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After the disaster that was 2012, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of new faces in the Red Sox clubhouse. One of the higher priorities for the new was obtaining a new closer, which they did by way of Pittsburgh with Joel Hanrahan. After a rough spring, it seems like Hanrahan might still be adjusting to his new environment. Joel Hanrahan and his wife Kim Hanrahan also are doing some adjusting at home having just had their first child.

Joel and Kim were only recently became husband and wife, with their wedding a little over a year ago in January 2012. They welcomed son Ryan on March 11, 2013. Boston was an ideal new destination for the Hanrahan’s, as Kim still has family in the area. Prior to motherhood, Kim (nee Donovan) was known for her charitable work with Joel’s prior teams, specifically the Shadyside Family House and a domestic violence shelter in the Pittsburgh area.

Joel Hanrahan was actually first brought up as a starter for the Washington Nationals. Somewhat out of necessity, he was moved to the closer role where he flourished. He was traded the Pirates in 2011 and is coming to Boston having made the last two NL All Star rosters.