Oakland Athletics Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

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.

07/13/14
 

Brandon Moss's Wife Allie Moss

 

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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.