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After 65 years of marriage, Yogi Berra's wife Carmen Berra passed away after complications from a stroke. Carmen, who was 85 at the time of her death is survived by Yogi, age 89, three children, and 11 grandchildren.
Yogi, who often works with the Yankees during spring training as an instructor, did leave Yankees camp to spend time with Carmen before her passing. Carmen was a farmer's daughter from Missouri who later in life became a critical part in running the Yogi Berra museum at Montclair State University. The couple, who were portrayed in the Broadway musical, "Bronx Bombers," have been married since 1949.
Carmen Berra was laid to rest in an emotional funeral procedure on March 12. Yogi was surrounded by family, friends and Yankee personnel including Joe Torre, Brian Cashman, Randy Levine and Ron Guidry.
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When we first set out to do a post on Masahiro Tanaka's wife Mai Satoda, we were admittedly concerned. Admittedly our best efforts to find information on the wives of international stars has presented challenging with often times limited results. Fortunately, when the newest member of Major League baseball happens to be married to a Japanese pop star, our job became infinitely easier.
Masahiro Tanaka's wife Mai Satoda is a former member of Japanese groups Country Musume and Hello! Project(think Japanese Spice Girls), who has also dabbled in a few solo releases. Satoda, age 29, was discovered at the age of 16 in the year 2000. While she last released a single in 2011, she'd been a regular on the Japanese pop charts, with dozens of singles released over the 11 years whether via group or solo effort.
Now, unfortunately for Satoda, a decade in the music industry wasn't quite enough to put her in the national lexicon. Satoda became a regular on a trivia show, "Quiz! Hexagon." According to a New York Daily News article, Satoda became an immediate fan favorite by providing very, very wrong answers to the general knowledge questions. While some may think the world was laughing at Satoda, an unnamed Japanese TV reported described it to the Daily News differently:
“When she joined ‘Quiz! Hexagon,’ then she became very famous. She would always give the wrong answer, and in Japan, the audience likes that. It’s a little cute and funny. [She] was not looked down upon. She became fairly popular. It wasn’t like Paris Hilton. She was well-liked for being ditzy.”
There were whispers throughout the posting process which led insiders to believe that Satoda was pushing Tanaka to sign with the Dodgers to pursue a Hollywood life. However, with plenty of exposure in the Bronx, a well known media career shouldn't be a challenge. Tanaka and Satoda leave as one of the most famous individual player & wife combinations in Japan; a quick start in the Bronx should help rekindle that status with relative ease.
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I really wanted to start this off by saying HEY EVERYBODY! LOOK AT DETER JETER, HE GOT REALLY FAT! Sadly, it turns out he actually isn’t fat and there was probably just a breeze that blew his shirt out and made it look that way. So really, nothing has changed – Jeter is still an all time great, the Yankees didn’t win the World Series (just about all that Red Sox fans can be grateful for) and he’s still reeling in upper echelon trim. Derek Jeter’s girlfriend Hannah Davis is yet another example that he is a god among men.
So who is Hannah Davis? We can start with the basics – she is a very attractive model. But that’s pretty much a given. I wonder if Jeter can even see ugly women at this point in his life. Certainly wouldn’t be shocked if his brain had a way of filtering them out. But I digress. Davis is originally from the Virgin Islands, where she was discovered at the young age of 14. Her big break came at a fragrance model for Ralph Lauren, but she has also done work for Victoria Secret, Tommy Hilfiger and American Eagle.
There’s more to Davis then just looks though. She also played tennis growing up and competed on the Caribbean Tennis circuit. In case that wasn’t enough for you, she also excelled at volleyball, making the Virgin Islands National Volleyball team and conjuring images of Bo Jackson (Yes, this is a stretch. We know. Move along, nothing to see here). With stunning looks and athleticism, it’s no wonder she got Jeter’s attention.
Jeter and Davis reportedly began seeing each other around the end of July. From what we can tell, the two actually split up for a while (maybe Jeter really did get fat!) but have recently made amends and seem happy again. So will Davis succeed where others (notably, pre-crazy Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Adriana Lima, Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly) failed and get Jeter to settle down? Probably not, but we’ll keep an eye on it.