GD Star Rating
Sean Doolittle's girlfriend Eireann Dolan gets my vote for cool athlete girlfriend of the month. Her twitter account puts most to shame, and as a bonus she's good friends with Tina Milone (or TinyPotPie as she's known by her twitter handle). I also like Eireann's insistence on the Native American anti-defamation movement which is targeted at the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins. Some white people can't understand how their logos and team names are insulting, but dear Eireann is not one of them.
Sometimes it seems like the Oakland A's were created by a marketing firm. I mean, they're so much more interesting than most teams when going by basic appeal. You've got this guy here, Sean Doolittle, who's having a killer year so far (ignore the 1-3 record since he's not a starter). The guy throws 61 strikeouts in 42 innings. He's got a big read beard, and his girlfriend is cool and funny. Winning combos, people. In April of 2013, Sean took a picture of himself without the beard, and he held onto the picture for a full year until this year when he posted it on April 1 saying that he wanted to change up his image. Then he took a picture of himself with an "April Fool's" sign and told everybody he'd been setting the joke up for a year. Guy's the man.
I hope the Oakland A's win the championship. They're a cool ballclub, and my team (Red Sox) are probably not going to make it. So I'm going to be rooting for the A's when the postseason comes around. Sean is going to be an all-star this season for the first time. He's a closer and relatively new to the closing game, but he's taking lessons from Alec Baldwin in the movie "Glengarry Glen Ross." Always be closing. Get them to sign on the line that is dotted. Eireann Dolan will have some snappy tweets to go along with whatever Sean dishes out this year.
GD Star Rating
Brandon Moss's wife Allie Moss is a stay-at-home mom of two and young Athletics enthusiast. Playing for the Athletics now represents success to the couple, as they were once regular folks like you and me. He's talked a lot to Sports Illustrated about how he was labelled too hastily as one thing or another and was never given an actual chance to prove himself.
Brandon has played for a few teams in his career and had bouts of self-doubt, thinking he was going to have to move to Japan and play professional baseball there in order to support his family, but he's definitely found his niche in Oakland. He had a nice hot streak that ignited him as a starter for Oakland. Moss says it was the assistant manager, Farhan Zaidi, that stuck up for him and gave him the shot. He hit 30 home runs last year, and he's at 19 this year. That's certainly big-league numbers, and a batting average of .269 this year is good enough to stick around in the lineup if you're pulling in RBI's.
Based on the way Moss talks about his good fortune, it seems likely that he would have had to have moved to Japan had he not had his hot streak for Oakland back in 2011. Moving to Japan is not an easy thing to do for anybody that's not Japanese. The culture is nothing like American culture, and Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn. Imagine having a 4 year-old and 2 year-old having to move to Tokyo. That would be kind of a bizarre schism in a kid's learning environment and development. All of a sudden you've got to learn Japanese. Even the great Tom Selleck had a rough go of it in the film "Mr. Baseball." There's a new rumor floating around (started by me just now) that Brandon actually wanted to go to Japan because he'd been watching "Mr. Baseball" way, way too much.
GD Star Rating
For those of you looking for one of our typical posts about Yoenis Cespedes' wife or Yoenis Cespedes' girlfriend, we regret that we don't have much to talk about on that front. In our quick divergence from normally scheduled programming, we thought we'd learn more about his family.... And man oh man, this Yoenis Cespedes' family had a rough go of it. A recent article by Ctpost.com details the serious struggles of getting the hell out of Cuba for Yoenis and his family, which included 10 people and plenty of uncomfortable situations. Yoenis, on the other hand, had an easier time cashing into a $36 million contract, but while he was in Cuba about to leave for Haiti, he accidentally hit a bicyclist, and the guy had a heart attack and died a few hours later. Bummer.
It's really weird how we treat Cuba and its inhabitants. We've set up this game where we won't trade and let our citizens go there from the States, but if a Cuban manages to make their way to our soil, they can instantly become a resident. Yoenis Cespedes' mother Estela Milanes, grew up as a softball star in Cuba and gives Yoenis batting tips, but she and the rest of the Cespedes crew had to battle through miserable circumstances in order to arrive at their final destination in Florida. First, they ended up stranded on an islet about the size of a baseball infield for three days. They caught and cooked an iguana and seagull, but no one could keep them down. A cooked iguana does sound pretty nasty, but I didn't realize a cooked seagull would be so tough and gross. The things you learn when you're fleeing your country.
They were next saved by a yacht and taken to a tropical paradise called Turks and Caicos, but they were soon thrown in a detention center without any amenities of any kind. Then, the UN got involved and said they could chill out on the island until they figured out what to do with them, but as soon as they got a chance, they jumped on a nice fella's yacht and sailed in style to Florida, where a worried-sick Yoenis flew out to meet them. So now Yoenis is an all-star playing for one of the coolest teams in the Majors. To be honest, I'm not so impressed by the season he's been having. Batting .259 with 14 homers is definitely valuable, but it's not all-star material to me. His onbase percentage is only .312. Anyway, I'm not trying to cut him short. He's the man and he's liable to prove it again as he defends his 2013 Home Run Derby crown. Will we see his family in the crowd? We shall see soon enough