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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.
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Fernando Rodney's wife Helen Rodney can hit his changeup. She's been hitting it in life ever since she married a professional baseball player. I sometimes think the women married to baseball players have it the roughest because of their punishing schedules, frequency of trading, and relatively low mean salary. Fernando and Helen have four kids ages 2 to 13. That right there will keep the lady busy for much of the day.
Little is known about Fernando's wife Helen other than she is from the Dominican Republic and she has a curvy bod. She used to work at The Chamber of Deputies in the Dominican Republic, which I think is their actual governmental headquarters. So maybe she was takin' some notes for a Dominican representative or something. Anyway, now all she's got to worry about is what kind of mansion she wants to live in. Fernando's scheduled to finish up a 2-year fifteen million dollar contract in 2015, and he'll probably keep right on going after that.
The man's got himself over 200 lifetime saves and was an all-star for the second time in his career this year. He's already got 62 strikeouts and may finish with more than he's ever had in any season. He throws a serious fastball (somewhere upwards of 96) but everybody talks about his palmball changeup that hovers in the low 80's. I imagine it's an absolutely awful combo to try and hit, and this is one of the reasons he's been able to provide for his lovely wife Helen. Helen, meanwhile, is walking posing for pictures in some pretty legit MTV Cribs pads. The few photographs I've seen of her feature a column in the background. The last time I saw a column in someone's home, I was in a restored castle on a tourist tour through Spain.
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Mike Zunino's wife Alyssa Zunino married him in Florida in October of 2012 and spent one night celebrating at a hotel on a beach. Then they packed up and left so Mike could go play for some team nobody's ever heard of called the Peoria Javelinas. I wonder if Alyssa ever second-guessed her decision to marry a catcher who wasn't already in the big leagues, because now she doesn't have to worry about getting a nice bump in the bank account.
Mike's known his wife Alyssa since middle school and started dating her when they were sophomores in high school. This is a common theme in a lot of sports relationships. We tend to notice themes as we peruse the halls of hook-ups, long-term daters, and life-supporting marriage partners. Many professional athletes are married to women whom they've known since high school. I think what happens is they choose one girl that provides stability and support so they can focus all their attention on making it into the big leauges. Sounds a bit crass, but it does make sense. Anyway, Alyssa is a good girl. She likes the show 'The Bachelorette,' which I will admit I also watch, though my viewership is probably very different than Alyssa's, whom I will assume buys into the so-called romantic and sentimental aspects of the show.
An unusual sidenote about Alyssa's husband Mike: he wears his wedding ring on a necklace a la Frodo Baggins and the ring of power. This struck us as somewhat odd, as we've never really seen athletes do this. Did his uncle give him the wedding ring and then warn him not to wear it?
Alyssa is also dangerously close to tweezing off the very slim lane of eyebrow hair still remaining on her temple. I caution her to stop. I have a hunch most women overdo their eyebrows because it becomes a kind of anxiety-reducing habit that they can't let off the gas. Mike Zunino does not want to see his wife have to magic-marker on new eyebrows. That's not the cute little lady he remembers from Cape Coral, Florida.
Alyssa's best attempt at a joke on Twitter was putting a picture of her dog laying on some half-folded clothes and saying "I guess she didn't want me to fold laundry right now." Based on this, I'm starting to reconsider the immoderate eyebrow tweezing...