New York Mets Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

08/12/14
 

Darryl Strawberry's Wife Tracy Strawberry

 

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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.

07/28/14
 

Noah Syndegaard's girlfriend Samantha Van Veen

 

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Noah Syndegaards’s girlfriend Samantha Van Veen doesn’t have to be concerned that her Mets’ boyfriend is not likely to reach the big leagues until later this season. As the 11th top prospect in all of baseball, the minor league pitcher is giving New York fans a reason to pay attention this spring.

On September 1 2010, the tiny blonde from Mansfield Texas posted on facebook that she was in a relationship with Noah Syndeguaard. And since then, Samantha Van Veen has been Noah Syndeguaard’s biggest fan. The Texas A&M senior proved herself from her dude’s first spring outing, when she was glued to Twitter waiting to see the results. “When the game isn't televised= twitter stalking to the max to get updates,” tweeted Samantha Van Veen.

Aside from her boyfriend, Samantha Van Veen loves her dog Miley. She apparently enjoys guns, an occasional keg stand and the Aggies. Samantha Van Veen is also involved in an on-campus student organization. As the Secretary for the Agricultural Economics Society at A&M, Samantha Van Veen is part of an organization that is the representative of the national Agriculture & Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

But this spring, Samantha Van Veen will likely be paying more attention to her man’s playing instead of school. Although the Mets have indicated the front-runners for their positions will be veterans, they have a history of bringing up heralded prospects a few months into the season. This was true of both Harvey and Wheeler. With Noah Synderguaard’s high-octane fastball and “hook-from-hell” it seems apparent he is on the same track to success. Alongside Samantha Van Venn, we here at PlayerWives will surely be watching and waiting to see.

04/03/14
 

Daniel Murphy's wife Tori Ahern Murphy

 

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Daniel Murphy’s wife Tori Ahern Murphy just gave birth to their first child on March 31, 2014. And when Daniel Murphy took only three days of paternity leave to be with his family when the baby was born and start his new life, a few radio talk show hosts had a huge problem with it.

The 29-year old second baseman has been playing with the MLB since 2006 when he was drafted by the Mets. The 26-year old Victoria (Tori) Murphy is a high school teacher and a former softball player with the North Florida Ospreys at the University of Northern Florida. The couple began dating in 2007, but they spit up around October of 2010. It seems that around this time, a series of injuries placed Daniel Murphy off the field and the Jacksonville Florida native became depressed. Tori Murphy stayed in touch with Daniel Murphy during this rough patch, and by the following Christmas, they were back together. Daniel Murphy proposed in January of 2012 and by December 1st, the couple was officially Mr. and Mrs. Murphy.

When their son Noah was born on opening day, Daniel Murphy decided to take the maximum number of paternity days allotted by the MLB, a mere three days. And when he did, radio talk show hosts Mike Francesca and Boomer Esiason each separately took Daniel Murphy to task for it. “What are you gonna do? Sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for three days?” Mike Francesca told his listening audience. But even worse, Boomer Esiason told his audience he would have made his wife have a C-Section.

Just to be completely clear here, a C-Section is a major surgery, and physicians don’t just cut people open willy-nilly. It seems Boomer and Francesca needed to be called out on their out of touch and seemingly cold-hearted comments, and their male fans did just that. Some asked that Francesca recognize this as one of the most important milestones in life and stressed the importance of being with family at this critical time. Others were less forgiving.

At the end of the day, however, all the opinionated comments in the world won’t make a difference. Daniel Murphy got three days to settle in with his wife and new son, and then he was back in action. It likely won't affect the Mets season at all. But it did help one family set up a stronger foundation for a brighter future, and Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy (and one little baby) are certainly happier for it.