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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.
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Darryl Strawberry's wife Tracy Strawberry has heard a lot of campfire spook stories from Mr. Straw; the problem is they aren't made up and they're all about drugs and baseball. Darryl is embarking on a book tour with Tracy to talk about their new book The Imperfect Marriage: Help for Those Who Think It's Over. The big news that came out of this tour is when Darryl was asked to confirm or deny the story about former teammate Kevin Mitchell. Dwight Gooden once told a story in his book that Mitchell decapitated his girlfriend's cat out of anger. Darryl has since confirmed that. I repeat: Kevin Mitchell cut a cat's head off. What a scumbag.
So Darryl and Tracy are both pastors, and Darryl is saying that all he wants to do now is talk about the lord, and he apparently has no interest in baseball whatsoever. Both of them are pastors, and both of them are former Olympic drug addicts. The whole giving up your life's passion and becoming super religious thing smacks of overcompensation to me. But hey, if that's the only way Darryl and wife Tracy can get by without throwing a rock in a pipe and lighting up, then okay.
Darryl and Tracy Strawberry have been on a whirlwind media tour promoting their new book, which included a stop at SiriusXM's Opie With Jim Norton show (love ya - miss ya Ant!). While the interview was somewhat off the beaten path for the comedy focused duo, there was plenty of interesting fodder to come out of the 45 minute chat, including anecdotes of Tracy Strawberry barging into a St. Louis crack den to pull Darryl out before it was too late. While the two worked hard to get clean together, it's completely evident that neither successfully pulls it off without the other.
Which leads me to a Darryl Strawberry memory of my own. Before Darryl was the "reformed church guy" that he is now, and before he knew his wife Tracy, I remember when I was about eight or nine, and a family friend was talking about how Darryl Strawberry was his favorite player, and this friend's dad started saying Strawberry was just a drug addict. I remember not really knowing anything about Strawberry, but when I looked him up I didn't find his stats to be that impressive at all. It's true that he had two seasons with 39 home runs, but all his other seasons were pretty flat, and the highest batting average that he ever mustered in like 16 seasons was .284. That year, he batted .284 with 39 homers and 104 RBI's-- definitely legit all-star numbers. But if you look at a lot of his other years, they were not that good.
One more quick note about his former teammate Dwight Gooden (an insanely talented pitcher in the 80's): his last three starts of his rookie season, he had 41 strikeouts and 1 walk.
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Noah Syndegaards’s girlfriend Samantha Van Veen doesn’t have to be concerned that her Mets’ boyfriend is not likely to reach the big leagues until later this season. As the 11th top prospect in all of baseball, the minor league pitcher is giving New York fans a reason to pay attention this spring.
On September 1 2010, the tiny blonde from Mansfield Texas posted on facebook that she was in a relationship with Noah Syndeguaard. And since then, Samantha Van Veen has been Noah Syndeguaard’s biggest fan. The Texas A&M senior proved herself from her dude’s first spring outing, when she was glued to Twitter waiting to see the results. “When the game isn't televised= twitter stalking to the max to get updates,” tweeted Samantha Van Veen.
Aside from her boyfriend, Samantha Van Veen loves her dog Miley. She apparently enjoys guns, an occasional keg stand and the Aggies. Samantha Van Veen is also involved in an on-campus student organization. As the Secretary for the Agricultural Economics Society at A&M, Samantha Van Veen is part of an organization that is the representative of the national Agriculture & Applied Economics Association (AAEA).
But this spring, Samantha Van Veen will likely be paying more attention to her man’s playing instead of school. Although the Mets have indicated the front-runners for their positions will be veterans, they have a history of bringing up heralded prospects a few months into the season. This was true of both Harvey and Wheeler. With Noah Synderguaard’s high-octane fastball and “hook-from-hell” it seems apparent he is on the same track to success. Alongside Samantha Van Venn, we here at PlayerWives will surely be watching and waiting to see.