Oakland Athletics Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

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.

08/14/14
 

Sean Doolittle's Girlfriend Eireann Dolan

 

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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.