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Jacob Degrom's wife Stacey Harris Degrom is livin' the dream. She just got married to the National League rookie of the year, she's going to Rangers games and sitting next to celebrity chefs (as reported by TMZ), she's heading off to Hawaii to catch some rays. What more could you want out of life? TMZ Sports gave a kind of super-excited rush interview before he left for dinner with Stacey. The guy interviewing him was so amped up Jacob looked a little tongue-tied.
For Jacob's wife Stacey, things could not be better. Stacey was seen a little earlier in the year helping out kids at a Mets community reachout program where she made duct tape wallets, lanyards (I'm not sure what those are), and bags with youngsters. Apparently a lanyard is one of those things that you hang around your neck for your keys. Gym teachers and coaching types use them for whistles too. So she's already into the giving-back aspect of being a player wife. Helping kids and less fortunate people is one of those great things good sports organizations hook up their players and significant others with.
The couple's trip to Hawaii is just one of those classic honeymoon destinations that you can't go wrong with if you're a valuable athlete. The more you pay, the better your getaway will be-- that's the golden rule of big relaxing vacations. Speaking of value, Jacob is still at the point where he's getting the rookie bucks even though he's the rookie of the year. That means he's being paid $500,000 a year instead of something way higher, which is sure to come. So the Mets right now are getting some great value out of him, and Stacey's ring is taking up a more significant percentage of his income than it would have had be been in the league a few more years and gotten out of the rookie salary stage. Jacob's wife Stacey ain't going anywhere but up.
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Oh, Jeffrey, Jeffrey, Jeffrey. You have been a bad monkey. Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon's wife Valerie Wilpon is probably wishing he had kept his smart little comments to himself. Apparently Jeff has been busying himself with making former Vice President of ticket sales Leigh Castergine feel like filing a full-fledged lawsuit against him.
The reason she's suing is because Wilpon repeatedly tried to embarrass and humiliate her in front of her peers and co-workers about getting pregnant without being married. According to reports, Wilpon would make nasty little remarks like saying he's as opposed to putting up e-cigarette ads as he is to Leigh having a child without being married. What an idiot. Jeff, it's 2014. Wake up or go live in some retrograde commune where you can lord over people's personal lives like Jan Matthias. Gotta' be smarter than that, Jeffy boy. I really am curious about what Wilpon's wife Valerie is thinking about you now.
Valerie herself is likely worried at the prospect of the lawsuit since it may be determined that Castergine was fired wrongfully. Valerie recently did some good work hosting an event to promote Holocaust education programs in Arab and Muslim communities and nations where Holocaust denial has apparently seen an uptick recently. Sounds like a good cause. History is important, and education about important events that shaped history is vital. She seems like a lovely lady, and I would be willing to be she's pissed (or perhaps disappointed) at Jeff. Valerie is also known to have attended the YWCA Greenwich Brava Awards, which is an awards ceremony for rich people in Greenwich, Connecticut to celebrate and praise folks who give back to the community and help others. Again, Jeff Wilpon's wife seems like she's on the good side of the hedges and genuinely interested in being a good person. Jeff just got too mouthy, and now we've got a courtoom drama brewin'.
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Darryl Strawberry's wife Tracy Strawberry has heard a lot of campfire spook stories from Mr. Straw; the problem is they aren't made up and they're all about drugs and baseball. Darryl is embarking on a book tour with Tracy to talk about their new book The Imperfect Marriage: Help for Those Who Think It's Over. The big news that came out of this tour is when Darryl was asked to confirm or deny the story about former teammate Kevin Mitchell. Dwight Gooden once told a story in his book that Mitchell decapitated his girlfriend's cat out of anger. Darryl has since confirmed that. I repeat: Kevin Mitchell cut a cat's head off. What a scumbag.
So Darryl and Tracy are both pastors, and Darryl is saying that all he wants to do now is talk about the lord, and he apparently has no interest in baseball whatsoever. Both of them are pastors, and both of them are former Olympic drug addicts. The whole giving up your life's passion and becoming super religious thing smacks of overcompensation to me. But hey, if that's the only way Darryl and wife Tracy can get by without throwing a rock in a pipe and lighting up, then okay.
Darryl and Tracy Strawberry have been on a whirlwind media tour promoting their new book, which included a stop at SiriusXM's Opie With Jim Norton show (love ya - miss ya Ant!). While the interview was somewhat off the beaten path for the comedy focused duo, there was plenty of interesting fodder to come out of the 45 minute chat, including anecdotes of Tracy Strawberry barging into a St. Louis crack den to pull Darryl out before it was too late. While the two worked hard to get clean together, it's completely evident that neither successfully pulls it off without the other.
Which leads me to a Darryl Strawberry memory of my own. Before Darryl was the "reformed church guy" that he is now, and before he knew his wife Tracy, I remember when I was about eight or nine, and a family friend was talking about how Darryl Strawberry was his favorite player, and this friend's dad started saying Strawberry was just a drug addict. I remember not really knowing anything about Strawberry, but when I looked him up I didn't find his stats to be that impressive at all. It's true that he had two seasons with 39 home runs, but all his other seasons were pretty flat, and the highest batting average that he ever mustered in like 16 seasons was .284. That year, he batted .284 with 39 homers and 104 RBI's-- definitely legit all-star numbers. But if you look at a lot of his other years, they were not that good.
One more quick note about his former teammate Dwight Gooden (an insanely talented pitcher in the 80's): his last three starts of his rookie season, he had 41 strikeouts and 1 walk.