Oakland Athletics Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

09/24/14

Jesse Chavez' Wife Crystal Chavez

 

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Jesse Chavez' wife Crystal Chavez may indeed prefer SoCal to NoCal. That is, if you asked her which area of California she liked the most, she might tell you that Southern California is a bit better than Northern California, and you wouldn't have to twist her arm. I'm going off of her twitter feed, where she posts a picture of her hanging with her young daughter on the beach and says she loves SoCal. It all makes sense since Jesse is from Victorville, a suburb outside of Los Angeles. The two have known each other for some time and went to high school together.

It has been a long, hard road for Jesse to become a starter on the A's. Crystal actually was working as a longshoreman for years while Jesse bounced around the Majors from team to team. That was in Long Beach, and she was working nights. Man, that's rugged. Your husband is a professional baseball pitcher and you've still got to work nights at the docks. I don't think she needed to, actually. She's said she really likes being there and that she'll never give it up. That's pretty cool to see someone addicted to their work like that.

Jesse throws a 95 mph fastball and is yet another top A's ERA guy, posting 3.14 numbers and 107 strikeouts. He is known for being rail-thin at 6'2" and 160 pounds. Apparently in high school he was 6'0" and weighed 125 pounds. That is nuts. And he was a sick pitcher. He was well-regarded as one of the best high school pitchers in the Los Angeles area. Looking at his career numbers, he only pitched over 60 innings in a season twice since 2008, which leads me to believe clubs either weren't giving him a chance or he himself just hadn't found his rhythm. If he keeps up his solid performance this year, he'll be making over a million bucks when it's time for arbitration next year.

09/10/14

Josh Donaldson's Girlfriend Jillian Rose

 

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Josh Donaldson's girlfriend Jillian Rose is a sweet girl, there to support and encourage her boyfriend, but she's not the sweetest lady in the house. That honorable title would go to little Rose-- the King Charles Spaniel that requires daily belly-rubbing. Based on the video just released by MLB.com, this dog is a star. She was featured prominently in the brief portrait about Josh and his life in the big city.

Josh's girlfriend Jillian was somewhat shocked when she first encountered Josh's first introduction of the "Donaldson"-- a mohawk with a long rat tail in the back. She told the story last year. Apparently he had tried to cut the mohawk himself, started screwing it up, and then got a celebrity hairstylist to finish off the job. She said she talked to the hairstylist's girlfriend and joked about it. The hairstyle itself was nothing too outlandish, but the rat tail is a little gross (at least to some). I wonder if it would be possible for the "Donaldson" to go mainstream?

Things are poppin' pretty nicely for Josh and his girlfriend Jillian as it relates to their living situation in 'Frisco. Having had a cursory peek at their apartment in the MLB video, it appears pretty nice. If you consider San Francisco prices, it looks like they are poised to enter the uptown club reserved for the likes of, well, rich athletes and movie stars. For now, though, Donaldson's only pulling down half a mill a year, but give him time. After his contract opens up, that is very much bound to change, and we could even see an upgrade in the dog department. Donaldson and Jillian made the decision to get a little dog because of the size of their apartment, but when the millions start pouring in, we might be expecting a full-fledged Bernese Mountain Dog for the lovely couple.

09/01/14

Derek Norris' Girlfriend Kristen Eck

 

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Derek Norris' girlfriend Kristen Eck is the perfect addition to the Technicolor world of the 21st Century Oakland Athletics, team of the future! She's got tastefully done purple and blue hair, she's beautiful, and she's spunky. She's also pals with Tina Milone, so you know she's cool. This happens a lot in wife and girlfriend circle amongst pro athletes. It's sort of like the wives in Goodfellas.

I have the perfect way to describe what Kristen looks like: she's a cross between a young Pamela Adlon and Karen Fillipelli. Nailed it, right? So Kristen is a hairstylist, and that explains the craftily cut mullet which Mr. Norris is known for. In a recent article in USA Today, Derek basically summarized Kristen's relationship to the mullet as something she puts up with and is cool about. He describes it as "back from the past, into the future," which is sort of apt considering mullets have been laying low for a long time. They mine as well rear their weird head now that it's 2014.

Derek's year with the A's has been great. You can't complain about a .305 batting average and 58 hits thus far. He's a good catcher with an arm, and I sort of think any catcher hitting above .270 is a bonus since good all-arounders are hard to come by. Like his teammates, Derek's an absolute steal at about $500,000 per year, which will of course rocket up as soon as he becomes a free agent. Them's the ropes. Your agent's helpless until you prove yourself and enter the market. I've said this about other Oakland supervalues-- Derek will probably be picked up by the Yankees at some point when he enters free agency, and then he'll start hitting .230 as soon as he dons the pinstripes. Seen it time and time again. According to baseballreference.com, he's not eligible to be a free agent until 2019, and the earliest that he'd be eligible for salary arbitration is 2016. Pretty sweet to be Billy Beane right about now.