Saturday, January 28, 2012

How Does Baseball Stack Up?

As often happens, I was doing research for a blog – this time on greed among players – and found myself being led down another path. This time the allure was an understandable one – gorgeous women. In identifying the highest salaries in baseball one encounters Derek Jeter and one outcome of his huge salary, along with his fame and glamour boy looks, is his ability to attract hot women.

So today's topic is how baseball ranks among the professional sports in the ability of its stars to attract gorgeous females. In the media we often see basketball players' beautiful wives and girlfriends, such as Eva Longoria who wed Spurs guard Tony Parker, Victoria Secret model Adriana Lima who got hitched to Marko Janic, and Kobe Bryant, whose wife Vanessa (left) has sued for divorce. Mexican supermodel Elisa Benitez was married to Miami's Rony Seikaly for six years. And how about a fox with a fox? The Lakers' Rick Fox landed 1983 Miss America Vanessa Williams. So basketball stars do all right.

The NFL's Tony Romo dated Jessica Simpson, who moved on to ex-49ers tight end Eric Johnson. Romo later married Candice Crawford. Former 49er and Cleveland Brown Jeff Garcia is married to Playmate Carmella DeCesare (left).

New England Patriot QB Tom Brady wed supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Playmate Kendra Wilkinson (right) tied the knot with Minnesota Viking wide receiver Hank Bassett at the Playboy mansion. And the well enhanced Playmate Jennifer Walcott married Adam Archuleta. So football stars rank high as well.

Hockey's Brad Richards landed Olivia Munn - for a while. Tough winger Mike Fischer played for the Ottawa Senators but was traded to Carolina where he was a lot closer to wife, country singer Carrie Underwood. And Wayne Gretzky's wife Janet Jones is still pretty hot.  

Sports Illustrated model Ingrid Vandebosh gets NASCAR's Jeff Gordon's engine revving and Dario Franchitti drove off with beautiful actress Ashley Judd.

As for golf, Phil Mikleson's wife Amy is lovely. Tiger Woods married Elin Nordegren, which I think turned out pretty well. 

Tennis anyone? How about Andy Roddick marrying Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker (right)? I love baseball, but I'd take Brooklyn Decker over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Wimbledon champ Rafael Nadal is dating Maria Francisca Perello.

And now for baseball.  There's former Met hurler Kris Benson and his often photographed wife Anna, and C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers who sees Sports Illustrated model Dominique Piek. Former Brave David Justice hit the jackpot with Halle Berry, his wife for four years. 

A-Rod was married to wife Cynthia and so, of course, would not even look at other women  but bachelor Derek Jeter ... well he is in a class by himself. The Jeter list is nothing short of stunning. Here we go. Rachel Uchitel, Jessica Biel (left), Jessica Alba (both Jessicas !), Vida Guerra, Vanessa Minillo (right), and recently Minka Kelly. Jeter was interviewed by Barbara Walters recently and though repeatedly pressed would not say a single word about his love life. Class act.

But for hottest gal pals baseball doesn't stand a chance. Nor do any other of the sports listed above. With the exception of tennis and golf they are all basically North American sports so their stars have primarily America women to woo. But the hands down winning sport has the whole world as its oyster. It is far and away the biggest and sexiest sport in Brazil, Argentina, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, need I go on? I think not, soccer players have the most beautiful wives and girlfriends. I have included below just a few of the many gorgeous females who cling to 'footballers'. I won't name their boyfriends, it would take too long as some of these gals, like Gemma Atkinson, have dated a few.

                     Federica Ridolfi                        Clio Pajczer                Sara Tomassi     


Georgia Palmas                Adriana Karembeu                                        Eva Amurri

 Nicola McLean                                 Francesca Lodo             Elisabetta Canalis

        Rosaria Cannavò                         Gemma Atkinson                          Imogen Thomas      

So in spite of Derek Jeter baseball loses out, but it has had the most famous wedding of all sports ...

The most famous athlete hookups.

The recent New York Nets forward Kris Humphrie's brief marriage to Kim Kardashian;  

David Beckham and and Spice Girl Victoria; and of course ...

Joltin Joe Dimaggio and the somewhat famous Marilyn Monroe.

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