Edgar Martinez's wife Holli Martinez is a giving member to her community along with Edgar. The couple started the Martinez Foundation in 2009, and they do a lot of good stuff with it. One such example is what they did in 2010 by giving 15 masters in teaching fellowships to deserving people of color. I think the idea was that they're sponsored by the Martinez Foundation because they want to see more people of color in the teaching profession. The whole idea of the Foundation itself is to bolster education in America.
Holli graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1991. She was studying music at SPU and had planned to move on to a conservatory. She was quoted as saying "when I met Edgar, my life changed completely." The pair met on a blind date that a mutual friend set up, and Holli didn't want to do it because she knows how baseball players are (and all pro athletes for that matter). She explained how she grilled him while they were on their date-- attempting to find some downsides. Well Holli, the downside is that you don't get to see the guy for a lot of the time, but you get to go to a ton of Mariners games! Edgar Martinez's wife Holli Martinez actually sang the national anthem one night at the Mariners stadium in front of the home crowd.
The couple was married in 1992, and Holli describes the life of a married baseball wife like being in the military. She was quoted by Seattle Pacific University's website saying, "I'm a single married person because the team is on the road so much of the year. I had to learn to cope the hard way." Ouch! The couple eventually had three kids, and Holli started off by homeschooling their first one, Alex. Her hobbies include horseback riding, canning her own fruit and working out.
It's time for another episode of Baby Mama Drama, folks. Robinson Cano's ex-girlfriend and baby mama Jackelin Castro is having some differences of opinion about what their son needs every month. There really is a massive difference between what she is receiving and what she is asking for.
According to Robinson Cano's ex-girlfriend and baby mama Jackelin Castro, Cano is only sending her sporadic payments of $600 per month to take care of their son in the Dominican Republic. Maybe in the Dominican Republic nutritious meals costs like 40 cents? Not according to Jackelin and her lawyer, who are now allegedly seeking a whopping $25,000 per month. That is some intense kid costs right there. Jackelin has also taken issue with Robinson's foundation, the RC24 Foundation. The main purpose for its existence is to help poor kids, but she says he's barely doing enough to help his own son. You can see where the incongruities start popping up, if she's to be believed. Long ago I learned to stop trying to decode such cases, as both parties end up exaggerating things. Only the courts can really get to the bottom of things. Still, it does sound like Robinson may have shorted her a bit, based on her account of his lawyer that visited her home and tried to have her sign a contract for $600 for the next ten years.
Robinson Cano's baby mama Jackelin Castro was also served with a confidentiality agreement about the proposed deal from Cano and his lawyers. The deal said that Jackelin would have to pay Robinson $47,000 if she said anything about the agreement to anyone. See, that right there is pretty fishy. Cano's official statement was, "I have gone above and beyond to care for my child, including an agreed upon monthly stipend, a house, a car, insurance, school and other essentials for the baby and his mother as well as many other things including toys and clothing. This is a private matter and I will not fight it in the media, nor will I say anything disparaging about the mother of my child or comment any further. I look forward to an amicable resolution that will allow me time with my son." That's some solid PR control right there. I feel like I'm watching House of Cards after that one.
Hisashi Iwakuma's wife Madoka Iwakuma has created a children's book with Hisashi in order to give it as a present at a Ronald McDonald House of Charity in Sendai, Japan (also known as an RMH in Japan). An RMH is a place where very sick children go to try and recover from their illnesses. So Hisashi and Madoka get major kudos for helping out the sick kids. This wasn't even their first time, as they're widely known to help at orphanages and provide help to children with disabilities. Man, there's no better way to score humanitarian points than helping out kids. Now I won't be able to say anything bad about these two.
Hisashi and his cute wife Madoka have got two little tots of their own, Towa and Uta. They've rarely been photographed in public but were visible during a parade through Manhattan. The parade apparently was for a bunch of all-stars and led up to the all-star game. Madoka herself is the daughter of Koju Hirohashi, who is some guy who used to coach a professional baseball team in Japan called the Seibu Lions. Baseball's a big deal in Japan, just like here and some of those little islands in the Caribbean where people can't wait to leave.
Madoka is probably counting her lucky stars that Hisashi has avoided the nonsense of social media. No tweets and instagram for him. That's not to say he isn't using some Japanese social media apps that I'm unaware of. I always feel like Japan has the upper hand on the States as far as technology goes-- as if whatever they're using there will be shipped over here in a few years. Luckily, their best baseball talent is shipped over, and Seattle sort of has a history of getting the best Japanese players now. A nod to Ichiro.