MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

11/03/14

Ernie Johnson's Wife Cheryl Johnson

 

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Ernie Johnson's wife Cheryl Johnson is a saint, and Ernie himself is a great guy. Back in 1991, Cheryl told Ernie she needed to go to Romania to try and help out with their exploding orphan child population. She had it in her mind that she would try and find a very young child (under a year) without any permanent handicaps. Instead, she found a three year-old boy with a host of just about the worst handicaps you can imagine, and she felt pity and worry over his future. She told Ernie about him over the phone, and Ernie told her to "bring him home." Ernie and Cheryl Johnson are heroes.

Their son Michael is now 26. He suffers from severe muscular dystrophy, which is a hellish disease that causes one's muscles to atrophy and dissolve away. That means every muscle-- like the muscles you use to play guitar, the muscles you use to speak, the muscles you use to breathe. Think about that the next time you want to feel sorry for yourself. He uses a wheelchair and permanent ventilator with a tracheostomy tube, but he's received all kinds of treatments and care that he certainly would not have had in Romania. Since there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, his disease gets worse every year. Ernie says of his son that "every day is a blessing." Michael is just one of four adopted children of Ernie and his wife Cheryl. The couple also have two biological children, one them, Maggie, was inspired by her parents to become a special education teacher.

Ernie says of adoption: "Every child has the right to a home. Any time I can, I speak to the benefit of adoptions for both parents and children, I never hesitate. At the same time it wouldn't be an honest portrayal if people thought I was preaching something that was all blue skies." Cheryl met Ernie when she was the drive-in teller at a bank back in 1979. Ernie was a news anchor for a station in Macon, Georgia. He somehow managed to start dating the bank teller. That's pretty impressive. I mean, I guess you just sit in the car and talk to her during the banking exchange or whatever. Anyway, Cheryl and Ernie are awesome.

10/31/14

Bud Selig's Wife Sue Selig

 

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Bud Selig is retiring as the commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Bud Selig's wife Suzanne Selig or "Sue" for short, can now advise him more on what pieces of art to buy. She is on the board at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and she lets him make all the purchasing selections, as she explained in a 2007 USA Today article. She also calls her husband "obsessive-compulsive," which I would think is useful for a guy who always has a lot to do. Now, Bud will have less to do. Or at least he'll have more time to do other things.

Selig married his wife Sue back in the 70's, and back then she was a real estate broker in their fine city of Milwaukee. Bud, in addition to being the president of the Milwaukee Brewers (at that time a new baseball club) was also the proprietor of a car dealership. You can imagine how difficult it would have been to keep that business going after becoming the commish in the 90's. The Brewers actually used to be a team called the Seattle Pilots, and after Bud picked them up in 1970, he moved them to Milwaukee. After Sue married Bud, she started focusing much of her attention on community outreach and charity. She was an organizer for Auxiliary of Mount Sinai Medical Center, and she was also part of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Campaign.


Bud and wife Sue have kids from separate marriages, but they're all one big family and have been for some time. Sue's daughter is named Lisa Steinman, and she works for MLB. Nice to be able to get a job from the stepdad. Bud's daughters are Wendy and Sari, and they've got kids of their own now. Incidentally, Bud kept his ownership in the family after he became Commissioner. He transferred the ownership to his daughter to avoid "conflicts of interest." I mean, I don't think that would really avoid conflicts of interest at all, but it's a legally good enough move. The Brewers are a cool organization. Glad to see they're still chugging along.

10/30/14 (Updated)

Joe Maddon's Wife Jaye Maddon

 

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It's all but totally confirmed that Joe Maddon will be the Cubs' new manager, and Joe Maddon's wife Jaye Maddon is knows exactly how to transport her dogs to Chicago. The couple had a house in California where their three dogs lived, but they decided last year to move them to Florida where Joe was coaching the Rays. Jaye could not stomach moving her Great Dane and English Bulldog via plane since the Great Dane suffers from bloat and putting dogs in a cargo hold is generally pretty horrible. So their solution was to buy a recreational vehicle-- a home on wheels.

Now it looks like Joe and wife Jaye will put that badboy to use once again. Jaye and Joe met in California, and they've actually already got three separate homes in Pennsylvania, Tampa, and California. That will likely change now, but the California home is certainly not going anywhere since Jaye spends most of her time there teaching law at the University of Phoenix. The couple met back in 1995 when they were both married to other people, and it was only in 2008 when they finally tied the knot. Jaye was working as an accountant at an athletic club that Joe used to go when he was the Angels coach, and he used to leave her tickets to the games since she was and remains a huge baseball fan. Must be pretty cool to have a wife who actually digs baseball when you're a baseball manager. Too bad she's an Angels fan and not a Cubs fan. The two teams don't really even play each other.

The couple also both like fast cars, according to the Tampa Tribue. They apparently have quite a lot in common, and their living arrangement seems to be working out for them quite well (they apparently don't seem a whole lot of each other since Jaye prefers to stay in California. Jaye's best friend says of the couple: "I would say they are perfectly matched."