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You know, there are some pretty clever and well-adjusted Mormons out there. Ken Jennings tops the list, but Jeremy Guthrie and his wife just joined the club. Jeremy Guthrie's wife Jenny Guthrie just recently finished running a marathon, attended a charity event for a Kansas City Hospital, and she helps Jeremy record his awesome "Throwdown Thursday" videos for Twitter.
If you've never heard of Throwdown Thursday, allow me to explain what Jenny helps him with. Basically every Thursday you record a video of yourself doing a crazy dunk on a rim height of your choice. So if you're not a super nasty NBA'er, you'll likely be dunking on an eight or nine-footer. There is no shame in that. Doing crazy dunks is difficult. Here is the video that Jenny helped Jeremy record for a Throwdown Thursday. That isn't even his best work either. Check out this insane alley-oop windmill jam. Look at the extension on that dunk. Anyway, maybe I'm just easily amused, but this type of thing earns both Jeremy and his wife Jenny cool points in my book.
Jenny is a mother of three and has been married to Jeremy since 2001. Jenny showed some class and attended the charity known as Diamond of Dreams in June. It's always nice to hear about a player wife or girlfriend giving back and doing something to help those less fortunate, and this particular event was for the University of Kansas Hospital's Neonatal Medical Home. So it was a charity to raise money for newborn babies in Kansas City. Gotta' give those newborns every little advantage you can when they're starting out in the Midwest, amirite??? I kid, of course-- Kansas isn't even where Jeremy and wife Jenny live. Since they're devout Mormons, they enjoy being among other Mormons in the great state of Utah. Once again, Ken Jennings, Jeremy Guthrie, and Jenny Guthrie are three great spokespeople.
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Josh Willingham's wife Ginger Willingham is vying for the title of most religiously zealous Twitter user. Now, normally I tend to goof on these folks quite a bit, but since she's clearly a philanthropic type, how could I? I may have mistaken which title she's vying for, and it may actually be the most philanthropically active Twitter user.
Last year, Josh's wife Ginger attended the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation event to help fight youngsters getting old-person pains, and the event was held in a casino of all places. So I'm going to conclude the casino was portioning out a percentage of their take from the players. That's how I'd do it, anyway, because then all you gotta' do is show up and start gambling. If you win, you win, and if you lose, well, you're helping kids. Ginger also attended and helped with an event for leukemia and lymphoma with her kids dressing in various supportive capes and garbs with positive messages.
Speaking of kids, Josh and Ginger have three kids, all of them young and well-mannered. Josh's wife Ginger likes to show them off on the net and is proud of how her son Rhett greets any troops that he happens to see by shaking their hand and thanking them. Ginger's favorite word on Twitter is "bless" or any variation of it. In her blessed eyes, pretty much everything is a blessing. When something happens with Josh on the field or with his Kansas City Royals, it no doubt is fully attributable to the Lord and his blessings. Fair enough. If you'd told me a year ago that the Royals were going straight to the World Series, I'd have told you that would require divine intervention.
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Alcides Escobar's ex-wife Leury Moreno is not a fan of Alcides Escobar. This one's a bit of a drag. I mean, there's baby mama drama and then there's this. Anyway, we'll just tell you what Leury Moreno has told the media and reported about Alcides herself.
Alcides' ex-wife married him in 2008, and shortly thereafter she became pregnant. Alcides went to Venezuela and left Leury in Panama while he played winter baseball. She couldn't go and visit him for VISA reasons, and when she called him, Alcides allegedly handed his phone to his new lover, who proceeded to berate her. This lover was also allegedly paid for her time, if you catch my drift. The story continues that Alcides then told Leury that he only married her for a green card, and that she was too fat to be with during and after the pregnancy.
Leury immediately took to the media and internet to tell everyone what she thought of Alcides. Here's a snippet:
"He doesn't care about his daughter either. He sends he a misery of 700 bucks a months since june 2009 when i got the divorce dismissed in alabama cause he is trying to divorce me in places with child support salary caps. Since then Ive gotten 700 bucks for Gabriela who was born on Dec 11, 2008. BTW we never discussed child support in court."
Alcides' ex-wife Leury says that Alcides has never once called his daughter since she's been born, and he only saw her coincidentally after he tricked Leury into coming to Tennessee so he could serve her divorce papers. Deadspin reported years back that Leury was trying to start a movement called "Stop MLB Deadbeat Dads." I think I get the jist of it. All Alcides' former Venezuelan PR agent had to say was that he pays child support (apparently $700 per month because he managed to get a divorce with a salary cap in Alabama). It would not be a stretch to say that Leury agrees with ESPN writer Keith Law when he said in his book that Alcides has "serious personal issues."