Friday, May 12, 2006

Classy Women of Baseball

by Rob Hyman

On the heels of Mother’s Day – a day to celebrate the special women in our lives, I thought we could take some time to look back through years at some of the special women in our baseball lives. Baseball is the classiest sport out there – and here are some of the classiest ladies who make that true:

Anna Benson

When Kris Benson was pitching for Pittsburgh, his wife Anna (whom he met in a strip club in Atlanta) was just another beautiful wife of a baseball player. Anna quickly leveraged Kris' trade to New York in July 2004 to make sure the world knew the kind of gal she is. The move into the spotlight of New York caught the eye of FHM Magazine who quickly named her “Baseball’s hottest wife.”

Shortly after the 2004 season Anna appeared on Howard Stern’s radio program to talk some politics (and her nude modeling career). Somehow the subject of cheating came up and Anna made her famous claim that if Kris cheated on her, she'd sleep with everyone in the Mets organization (including the grounds crew). I wonder if that included the women who work for the Mets. I'm sure Howard asked.

Then there was her ejection from the 2005 World Series of Poker - classy.

And to top things off (pun intended) there was her appearance at the Mets children's Christmas party wearing a revealing dress.

A woman baseball should certainly be proud of.

Marge Schott

You have to respect and admire someone who said that Hitler "was good in the beginning, but went too far." I wonder where she drew the line as being "too far"

And opening day in 1996, what was Schott referring to when she said "First it snows, now this"? No, not a blackout or a problem getting the tarp off the field. She was referring to the delay in the game caused by home plate umpire John McSherry having a massive heart attack. Now there's a role model.

Lest we not forget Ms. Schott's description of Eric Davis and Dave Parker as "million-dollar n@*$ers"

Hey, bottom line, she bought controlling interest in the Reds in 1984 for $11 million and sold it in 1999 (forcibly so) for $67 million.

She deserved every penny.

Morganna Roberts (The kissing bandit)

I don't know about you, but every time I get up to bat in Sunday softball - I look to see if she's around. I mean she kissed the likes of George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Ryne Sandberg. Why not me?

While at least she retains some entertainment value, not exactly the most classy of women.

So on this Mother's Day, don't just remember your mother and grandmothers, but remember those classy ladies that have helped to keep off-the-field aspects of baseball interesting and exciting throughout the years.

Rob Hyman's column appears alternate Fridays

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