Mark Melancon's wife Mary Melancon gave Mark a scare years back when he was first traded from Houston to Boston. According to MLB.com, Mark wsa hanging out on a Cancun beach with his uncle when his wife Mary came up to him with a freaky look on her face like something bad had happened. Mark said, "I hadn't seen a face like that from her since Brooklyn's been around. I just figured something was wrong and she needed help." Well, something wasn't wrong per se, but if you don't like moving and selling your house, then something's definitely a pain in the ass. At least their daughter was alright. Mary told Mark he'd been traded, and I imagine he felt relieved. Who even likes living in Houston?
Mark and Mary have since had another child, this time a son. He's still wheeling around in a stroller, and Brooklyn now looks like she's about 5 years old. They were all hanging together at the All-Star Game. Mary's days are spent, as you might have guessed, taking care of her kids, and she's most certainly Mark's biggest fan and a huge Pirates fan. What you might also like to know as it pertains to her and sports is that she's a big Notre Dame fan as well. She attended the school back in the day. A few years ago, when Mark was headed to the All-Star game as a replacement, he and Mary had to take a rented mini-van to the game along with his mom and dad. The league basically said fend for yourself if you want to play, but they didn't really care. Who wants to take a plane from Pittsburgh to New York anyway? Well, I guess I would have but I've driven between those two cities before, and it's a very scenic and lovely trip-- much nicer than Boston to New York.
One other cool thing Mary and Mark did together was travel to South Africa as a representative of Major League Baseball there for two weeks. At one point they visited a kind of preserve place where Mark Melancon's wife got to hang out with a cheetah. They took a pretty awesome picture with her putting her paw on Mark's knee and Mark having his hand on the big cat's shoulder. You got to love photo-friendly cheetahs. They happened to have arrived a day or two after Nelson Mandela passed away, so it was definitely a time when the country was mourning, and they witnessed first-hand how much he meant to the country.
Starling Marte's wife Noelia Marte gave birth to a healthy young son in September of 2013, so ever since then she's been as busy as you could expect a young mother to be with a little tyke. Noelia is from the Dominican Republic just like Starling, and in the same year that Noelia gave birth to their son, they traveled to a special award ceremony in Santo Domingo to receive a custom-made plaque from the mayor of the city. It's a pretty charmed life if you have got the skillset that Mr. Marte possesses.
Starling Marte's wife Noelia Marte still lives in the Dominican Republic at least part of the time, from my understanding, and the two met through one of Starling's cousins. According to a Pittsburgh paper, Noelia and Starling's son is named Starling Jr., and he also spends most of his time in the Dominican. Noelia has a degree in general accounting that she attained in Santo Domingo, and she's a religious lady just like her husband. Incidentally, the story of her husband's recruitment is a fairly standard scout's tale.
According to a scout named Rene Gayo of the Pirates organization, he was passed on at the age of 18 as a short-stop because he had some timing issues. Gayo said he wasn't very good at it, but they tried him out in left-field, and they saw what a cannon he has for an arm. They also saw a good hitter with incredible base-running speed. That was enough for Gayo to offer Starling's manager 75 grand and give him a shot at being a professional in America. It's been a great change for Starling Marte's wife Noelia Marte too. They both grew up in extremely challenging poverty the likes of which very few Americans are exposed to. You can imagine what a step up it's been for their budding family.
Josh Harrison's wife Brittney Harrison just gave birth last year to their daughter Mia, and Josh posted some pictures of her birthday celebration in February, which seemed a tad elaborate for a 1 year-old, but hey maybe it'll get filed into her subconscious. Josh and Brittney also partake in the lovely trips to Cabo which have become pretty widespread among athletes. The percentage of baseball players choosing Cabo over other tropical destinations is pretty high recently, and I'm sure Cabo ain't complaining.
Both Josh and and Josh Harrison's wife Brittney Harrison are really religious, and they do a bunch of charity events as all good athletes should. One such event had Josh's name on it and was held as an auction and conversation with Josh at Morton's Steak House in Pittsburgh. The couple also put in time at the Pittsburgh food bank on occasion. That's pretty cool-- a professional ballplayer who goes to the food bank to help serve food to people down on their luck. The couple has also shipped off to Jamaica a few years back, but generally they just like to get out a lot and do as many charity and foundation events as possible. They have one of the highest attendance records for these type of things of any athlete on the Pirates, as far as I can tell.
Brittney tweeted a picture of her holding what looks like a baby cheetah, so you know they're still doing all the activity-based stuff that young couples do. I guess going to the zoo is something every couple should experience. Brittney was also lucky enough to get an All-Star red carpet dress made for her by Nicole Miller for some kind of official function associated with the game, and man did she look good in it. This is definitely a stylish couple. Josh's brother is a barber and gives him cuts sometimes too.