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Fresh off their improbable AL west title over the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics family received some sombering news. Relief Pitcher Pat Neshek's wife Stephanee Neshek had given birth to their first son, Gehrig John Neshek, on Tuesday - Pat had flown to be there for the birth. Unfortunately, shortly after the A's clinched the AL West title, Pat announced via his twitter account that the newborn had died unexpectedly and without cause.
Stephanee Neshek grew up in Reno, NV and eventually moved to Omaha, NE, where she ran track and played both volleyball and softball in High School. She also played Division 1 softball in College at Mercer University. Stephanee is now active in the CrossFit community, something that she continued to do throughout her pregnancy. Stephanee is also very active with various charities.
Pat and Stephanie met on the Internet! It's a long story, but the short of it is that Stephanee and her roommate found Pat's website and sent him an email. The email eventually progressed to more emails, which progressed to texts, which progressed to phone calls, which progressed to a date. Pat and Stephanee Neshek were married in December of 2006 in a Las Vegas wedding. The couple are avid dog lovers, and proud owners of Juicy (a dachshund mix) and Kirby (chocolate piebald dachshund).
Our thoughts go out to the couple during this troubling time.
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09/11/2012: By now most of you have seen or heard about the terrifying head injury Brandon McCarthy suffered at the hands of a comebacker a few days ago. McCarthy hasn't let his injury, and subsequent ICU admission, brain surgery and more slow him down too much on Twitter. In fact, upon release from the hospital, McCarthy decided it was time to spring the ultimate question every husband on earth longs to ask:
@BMcCarthy32: WELL IF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ISNT THE BEST TIME TO ASK ABOUT A THREESOME THEN IM FRESH OUT OF IDEAS
Fortunately, the clever, funny and truly hot Mrs. McCarthy was quick with a great response herself:
@Mrs_McCarthy32: @BMcCarthy32 I WILL strike someone with a brain injury
Can't blame a guy for trying. Seriously, cool couple to follow. Worth your time.
While Brandon McCarthy may not be amongst baseball's elite quite yet, he's certainly a Hall-of-Famer when it comes to the hotness of his wife.
Up and coming A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy recently grabbed the cover of ESPN the Magazine along with his wife, Amanda. Brandon and Amanda have known each other since high school and were married December 10, 2010. Amanda has developed a reputation online openly supporting Brandon via her Twitter account with 5,000 followers @Mrs_McCarthy32, and her own blog,
By her own admission, Amanda admits this is her first public blog, and she tackles life as a traveling baseball wife (she goes to most of the A's away games), as well as her"three loves: traveling, wine, and food." Amanda did cause some buzz last summer on her Twitter account when she tweeted the following to her husband:
@B_McCarthy: Happy Birthday babe!! Congrats.. your balls are a little saggier today
Aside from her careers as a part time blogger, twitterer and fashion model, Amanda has made a name for herself being a heavily involved member of the Oakland A's Wives group and their charitable endeavors.
We consider ourselves one of the leading authorities on professional athletes and their wives, and while we knew abotu Amanda McCarthy, we never expected to see the couple on the cover of a major publication like ESPN the Mag. This couple is not one chasing the spotlight via a reality show or other questionable vice, so seeing a "normal" professional athlete and his wife getting pub is pretty cool. Congratulations to them both.
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Recently immortalized in the film Moneyball by actor Chris Pratt, Scott Hatteberg has been a hot topic lately. Also featured in the film briefly, is Scott Hatteberg's wife 'Bitsy' Hatteberg. After spending 11 years with the Red Sox, Scott Hatteberg found himself without a team and unable to make the throw from home plate, thanks to nerve damage in his elbows. As seen in Moneyball, the Oakland A's and Billy Beane coming calling with a contract offer for Scott, with one caveat: he needs to move to first base, a position that he had never played before. Elizabeth Hatteberg helped her husband to learn the new position by hitting him ground balls off of a tee on a tennis court near their house. "I gave her a long, skinny bat and had her hit off a tee so I could work on my footwork", Scott told reporters of the practice.