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Don Mattingly's wife Lori Mattingly comes first and that fact was never more evident than on their wedding day, December 10, 2010.
Mattingly was on board and set to begin his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Naturally, part of managing involves having say in personnel decisions, but rather than attending the all important winter meetings that season, Donnie Baseball returned to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana to marry Lori. Lori brought two sons to their marriage, ages 15 and 13. Not much else is known about Lori Mattingly, but the proud wife has occasionally tweeted support for her husband and the entire Dodgers squad.
Mattingly has been through this before. Don Mattingly married his first wife, Kim Sexton in September of 1979. The couple has three adult sons, two of whom had brief minor league stints before hanging up the spikes.
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The sports world is buzzing with Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig's electric debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. And after four plus years of running this site, we've learned one thing: when the sports world buzzes about an athlete, the internet goes buzzing looking for his girlfriend.
After some research, one one tip to our inbox, we think we've narrowed things down. While there is officially zero confirmation on this fact, the best information available seems to point to the most recent version of Yasiel Puig's girlfriend as Nicole Chaves. Nicole Chaves is the daughter of Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator, Rafael Chaves and is rumored to have been dating Puig as recently as spring training of 2013, at which point it was confirmed that Puig did have a girlfriend with him at Dodgers camp in Arizona. There were also rumors floated that the couple was expecting a child together, but no confirmation to that point. Most of what we've found seems to indicate that the couple has split (or frankly never was together), which would make sense considering Puig headed off to AA Chattanooga, and Chaves attends Arizona State University.
Again, there is no confirmation that the two are currently, or ever were dating. However, as Puig's stock and star continue to rise, I'm sure there will be more information to come out. Keep it here for more as it comes.
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UPDATE 03/26/2014: Congratulations are in order to Carl Crawford's girlfriend Evelyn Lozada, who gave birth to a happy, healthy baby boy over the weekend. While Carl's Dodgers traveled to the Outback to open the 2014 MLB season against the Diamondbacks, Carl stayed stateside to welcome his second son into the world.
Carl Leo Crawford was born on March 22 at 3:55am. Carl Leo was named 100% after his father, taking his first name, and the middle name driven from his father's astrological sign. Lozada's rep explained saying that Carl "wanted his son to have every aspect of him, including his birth sign."
If he get's 4 of his fathers 5 baseball tools, we'll be posting about Carl Crawford Jr. in 20 years or so.
We said we'd keep an eye on these two as things progressed,... and boy have they progressed.
Carl Crawford and Evelyn Lozado were rumored to have been dating most of the summer. In November, the world found out that Lozado is pregnant with Crawford's child due just before Spring training (though he has two children from a prior relationship, including a young one born in July, 2013). And now, Crawford did the Christmas marriage move by dropping a $1.4 MILLION
ring on her finger ($140M does drop a couple extra sheckles in the checking account I suppose). No word on when the couple will by officially marrying, but after tough relationships ending with Antoine Walker, and Chad Ochocinco, I can't imagine the 7 month pregnant Lozado is ready to race down the aisle.
Congrats to the couple on their whirlwind 2013, and best of luck in 2014.
Let me get this out of the way now - Boston screwed Carl Crawford. Dude played with an elbow needing Tommy John last year and was their best player, busting his ass for the month they put him out their. Yes, he had a tough 2011 campaign with the Sox, but we all deserved to see what he was capable of doing (which is what he's doing now in Los Angeles). It just always felt dirty to turn a guy busting his ass while fighting injuries into the poster boy for the overpaid, entitled, apathetic players that submarined the Sox 2012 season. Crawford did not deserve that distinction, and his time in Boston was marred with the lowest period of his professional career.
Maybe that's why this new rumor makes so much sense, that Carl Crawford's girlfriend is Evelyn Lozada. Yes, the same Evelyn Lozada who's marriage to former NFL wideout Chad Ochocinco lasted less time than the Kim Kardashian- Kris Humphries marriage. But let's think about it for a second. Both Crawford and Lozada are coming off what was likely the most difficult period of their lives - Crawford professionally, Lozada personally. Both desperately wanted a fresh start and a chance to prove that they could rebound from the lows they had recently experienced. I can imagine that a climb back to the top would be easier to trek through by experiencing it with the person you're dating.
Lozada and Crawford were rumored to have met up and possibly started dating in late April when the Dodgers were in New York to play the Mets. Sites HipHopHollywood, and TerezOwens seemed to have the scoop first, citing unquote, unnamed "close to the source," accounts and "eyewitnesses." There has been no confirmation from either party, or any pictures of them together. As unabashed Carl Crawford fans on this site, we'll keep a close eye on this one as it progresses.