Written by Cassidy Dover
Ghost Writer for The Life of the Baseball Wife


I went on social media today and saw a photo. It was of Ray and a female fan. She’s all put together. She’s cute. She’s smiling and has that look of “Wow!” and excitement and adulation in her eyes. Ray has his arm around her. Maybe it’s at the field (those are a little easier to handle). Maybe it’s at a bar or restaurant or the lobby of a hotel where she saw my husband and had the courage to stop and ask for a “quick photo” and she posted it and tagged him. He’s smiling and has that fun easy going look about him that everyone who knows him loves. 

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Written by Kerri O'Reilly
Family & Child Development Specialist
Contributing Writer to The Life of the Baseball Wife 

So your child is approaching that age when it's time to start thinking about preschool. When travel is a major part of your lifestyle, however, traditional preschools are not likely a viable option. Fortunately, the internet is overflowing with resources for parents who want to homeschool (or, in this case, roadschool) their preschool-aged kids. To save you the hours of research it would require to sift through the ocean of preschool curriculums out there, I'm going to share my four favorite options with you:

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It's that time of year again.  Maybe you're already at your spring training destination, maybe you're packing to leave, or maybe you are one of the lucky ones that gets to stay in your home because spring training is close by.

If you're traveling with your husband this spring, chances are you have found yourself in a new spot for the next few weeks.

My second year in baseball, another wife with the Rays took me to a great luncheon that was held in Orlando.  The event featured speakers from all walks of baseball life and gave me the opportunity to connect with some women in the same boat as me. It helped me to not feel so alone, and to meet some people from PAO and Baseball Chapel that have been mentors to me through my husband's baseball career.

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Written by Nicole Johnson
Wife to Elliot Johnson
Editor at The Life of the Baseball Wife
Follow on Twitter @BaseballWife

So you've decided to join your husband on the road this season.  You have decided that this season you wouldn't be kissing your husband goodbye in February and you wanted to make the trip with him. It's a big decision to leave the career you have to travel with your husband for the season.

With frequent separation, trades, and many other stressors of baseball life, maintaining a career is difficult, and many wives make the decision at some point or another to put their career on hold for a season or longer to be with the man they married.

But what if you're in the minor leagues and the cost of the both of you going away for the season exceeds the income he will be bringing in?

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Written by Cassidy Dover
Ghostwriter for The Life of the Baseball Wife

We are a year into this “retirement thing” as I like to call it. More accurately we are almost 18 months in.

You know what no one tells you about retirement - it’s hard.
It’s really, really hard!

I had asked Ray to explore his idea of what not playing looked like about 18 months before he knew he would retire. He had always said he wanted to play until he was 40 years old. As we entered the off season prior to his 40th birthday year I knew we all needed to prepare. I had friends who’s husbands had been through this. I would make sure we were learning from their experiences.

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Written by Nicole Johnson
Wife to Elliot Johnson
Editor at The Life of the Baseball Wife

Spring training is right around the corner.  Every day, I see countdowns on my news feed that pitchers and catchers are reporting soon, and everyone is ready for the break from this dreary January.  

Hopefully you have your spring training rental booked, or maybe you're still waiting to hear what team you'll be with.  

The news stories about what big name your team has acquired or traded are popping up, and blogs are starting to talk about who they see on this year's 25 man roster.

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Written by Nicole Johnson
Wife to Elliot Johnson
Editor at BaseballWifeBlog.com

Renting sight unseen is a common occurrence for baseball families.  

Especially when it comes to spring training.  

While teams usually set up deals with apartment complexes for minor league teams for the season, and a hotel room for minor league players that aren't traveling with their families, those that have family joining them at spring training figure out their housing for spring on their own.  

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Written by Nicole Johnson
Editor at the Life of the Baseball Wife

Let's face it, the news is filled, almost daily, with scary scenarios.  Not only are there instances of child abduction, but fans that get into fights and take it way too far, and active shooters that are looking for places with big crowds.

I'm not trying to scare you, but I want you to be prepared.  

As baseball families, we spend a LOT of times in big crowds.  Whether it's a busy friday night at a southern minor league stadium, or any day of the week walking around Yankee Stadium.  These places are busy, and while the security team will do everything they can to keep the fans safe, you need to be prepared for situations that can come up.

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Written by Alisha Perkins
Wife to Glen Perkins

Sometimes I wonder if I still would have married him had I known what I was getting into. Heck, I wonder if my parents would have let me marry him if they would of known much this was going to effect their lives as well. Maybe it is better that you don't know in the beginning... that you are naive to what the life of a baseball wife really entails... and believe me naive is definitely what I was.

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Written by Nicole Johnson
Editor at BaseballWifeBlog.com

I feel like the day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas rush begins. Especially this year since Thanksgiving happened so late in the month.  The day after everyone makes up their Christmas lists and starts in on their holiday shopping for loved ones.  The holiday parties begin, and every year, there is always a cookie swap.  

I love going to cookie swaps, unfortunately, I can't ever share the cookies I get at those parties with my son.  He has severe nut allergies.  They are so severe that he can't eat anything that has touched a nut, or anything that even may have touched a nut.  

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