Sonny Gray's girlfriend Jessica is a new mom as of January 27th of 2015. They had previously been spotted at the CMA's (Country Music Awards) with Jess looking fairly well along in the bun-baking process. They ended up naming their son Gunnar, and Sonny's sister Jessica posted a picture of the handsome young lad right after he was born. Isn't it weird how infants have to learn to actually use their eyes and visual cortex? Every time you see a picture of a newborn, they're essentially blind. Jessica's son will learn to focus on Oakland Athletics games soon enough.
Before they had Gunnar, Sonny Gray had a couple of dogs with his girlfriend (a bulldog and mutt) who would lounge and laze around with them, waking them up in the morning by jumping on their bed and licking them. If you find this information unnecessary or frivolous, then you are not appreciating the powers of professional athletes sharing on Twitter, my friends. Jessica and Sonny would also take Oakland infielder Eric Sogard's kid to the rodeo and tweet pictures of her back to Eric telling him how cool she is. Sonny and Jessica have also been known to frequent a WWE Smackdown match or two.
Jessica herself is transitioning into full-time mom mode after the birth, but I have a hunch that won't keep them at home for very long. This is an active couple, and they do enjoy a sporting and entertainment event as often as possible. They take trips all over the place, and they frequently go to Nashville Predators games. One of their best gags was dressing up as the cowboy toys from Toy Story 3 (and possibly Toy Story 1 and 2 though I forget those ones). Jessica always has a smile on her face and looks like she's enjoying life.
Brett Lawrie's girlfriend Dana Long is a hot Canadian girl from Toronto who describes herself as a fitness enthusiast, foodie, and pianist. I really dig the pianist part of that-- it's not every day you get a pro athlete's girlfriend jamming out some Chopin. She's been to the gun range once or twice with Brett, and she complains on her Twitter that it seems odd that you can't ride a roller coaster if you're under three feet tall but you can fire a gun at a gun range. I suppose she's right. I get the sense that Dana is a sweet and sensitive girl who likes to stick up for people that are wronged. Why do I think this? It's sort of the theme of her tweets. She generally finds various downtrodden groups and tries to illuminate their plight. It gets a little depressing sometimes scanning through these types of tweets, but I like that she's looking out.
Brett Lawrie's girlfriend is a huge fan of Ellen Degeneres, and she even wished her happy birthday via tweets and has on numerous occasions shared stuff with Ellen in it. Dana's also deathly afraid of flying and even reads books about how to conquer her fear. She frequently goes to Cleveland Cavaliers games with Brett, though I'm not sure how or why since they're both presumably based in Toronto. Maybe they make road trips? This has puzzled me since I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would want to go from the awesome bustling metropolis of Toronto to....Cleveland. Sorry, Clevelanders-- I like one or two of your bars though. Brett has also taken Dana to Hawaii and vacations with her in Arizona during the winter offseason. It bares repeating how sweet of a deal it is for her to travel to Arizona during the winter.
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.