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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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It's easy to forget how late in the year it is right now. I just realized today that Thanksgiving is just over a month away. And in one of the most bizarre train of thoughts I've ever experienced, I began thinking about Stephen Drew's wife Laura Drew.
Honestly, can you imagine what the Thanksgiving table will be like at the Drew household? Both JD and Stephen experienced ups and downs during their time in Boston, and the commensurate ebb and flow of the rabid Boston fanbase. While the Drew brothers bicker over who was better in Boston, what do their wives talk about? The Red Sox Wives organization? Their condos in Newton? How nasty the fans were? Sam Adams? I mean seriously, they have to be tired of baseball, and more specifically Boston talk. Lukcily for the elder Drew, JD will always be remembered for a magical grand slam during the 2007 World Series run, which often obfuscates the remainder of his tenure in Boston. While most of the pink hats have already turned on the younger Drew and his missing bat through the ALCS, he steps into the World Series with up to 7 more games to make his moment (I still think his diving stab on the Miggy grounder up the middle was his moment, but alas people don't agree).
Not much is known about Stephen Drew's wife Laura Drew. The couple was married in November, 2005 and have two sons with cool baseball named: Hank and Nolan.