By Krys Hobson
Wife to Butch Hobson

I have spent the better part of 22 years on my own, raising our children, helping with my step children and generally holding down the fort. Two of my children are gone, the third is only a few short years away and lets just say I will be past the age of retirement when the fourth one goes off to college.

Butch and I have hit every bump in the road that any couple can imagine. I have written and talked about the pit falls and the high spots for years. No matter what we have gone through or how much time we have spent away from each other I have always anticipated his return. Sleeping always proves difficult for the couple of nights before I know he is coming home. A normal reaction I would expect when you haven’t seen someone for quite some time.

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

The first year I was married to Elliot was his first year in AAA.  My experience with his baseball before this year had mainly been his last season in AA (2006) which he rocked.  2007 was a little different.  We both faced many transitions that year.

Elliot faced the transition to AAA, and it was tough.  This was his first year being on the 40 man roster, and after being the Montgomery Player of the Year in 2006, there were high expectations for him. 

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By Kelli Ridgway
Wife to Jeffrey Ridgway

There is always change in the game of baseball and each season brings a new adventure.  As a wife, you are often left to fend for yourself while the guys are on the road.  There is only so much shopping, surfing the internet and watching TV you can do.  It gets old being alone fairly quickly.  It is important to make friends with other wives.  I have been blessed to have been able to take this journey with some spectacular women.

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Written by Alexandra Razgha

Have you ever driven up to a stadium without a clue of where to go or what to do? Where should I park?  Where do the guys come out? Is there a family room? Is my ticket at will call or somewhere else? I’m sure most of us have felt this on road trips, especially to new stadiums that we haven’t been to yet.  However, a few weeks ago, I experienced just this as I arrived at Alliance Bank Park in Syracuse, NY, our new “home”.

Somehow in my 6 seasons of being a “baseball wife” (well girlfriend, but at this point, I almost feel as if I’m married to the game haha!) I have never experienced being brought up or sent down and all the anxiety excitement that goes with it.

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

Last night, the final night of the all star break, I walked into the bedroom of our in season apartment. On my phone I saw I missed a call from one of my best friends in this world. When I listened to her message it said,

“Hey Cassidy. I’m not sure if you’re at home, in your apartment or if you guys went away for the all star break and you’re not back yet. Heck, maybe you’ve headed on a road trip! Just wanted to catch up and see how things are going!”.

I laughed out loud and turned to Ray, “I love Jackie! She is so awesome”. I relayed her message to him.

“Only another baseball wife could ever leave that message and sound sincere!” he said.
And you know what, I knew he was right!

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

Back when I was pregnant with our oldest, Blake, I was intent on traveling with my husband as much as I could.  I figured I would probably homeschool our son for his elementary school years, and move him into school after baseball was over.  

As time went on, though, we moved.  A lot.  We got traded around, we found out I was expecting twins, we got traded some more, and I got tired.  So tired.  

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Written by Tricia Shelby
Wife to John Shelby III

Well, this season will make our fourth season in the Minor Leagues. While my husband is currently playing for the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox AA)in Birmingham Alabama, I unfortunately, am living 2 states north and a six hour car ride in Lexington, KY. It seems as though each year should get easier, with the separation and all, but this year has been our hardest year.

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

This past weekend I went out with friends from my neighborhood to celebrate my friend Stephanie's birthday.  We hit up Durham and enjoyed Six Plates Wine Bar, Criterion, and Bull McCabes as a group of about 20 people.  

In the past couple years, I've spent so much of my time at home while Elliot traveled.  I made the decision to do this after we were moved several times in just a couple seasons, and the weight of caring for a preschooler and twin babies was too much for me.  After finding new preschools and babysitters enough times, I came to the conclusion that I had reached my limit, and decided to be home where I could have some stability for myself and my kids.

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Written by Marissa Kloess
Wife to Brandon Kloess
Follow Marissa on Twitter @marissakloess

Brandon hasn’t been called up or been on the 40-man, (Oh, how we pray!) but we had our own exciting adventure when he was picked up in 2009.

Brandon was playing independent ball in Chicago when he got the call that the White Sox wanted to sign him. He instantly said yes and drove over to US. Cellular Stadium where he signed his minor league contract in the player development office of the major league team.

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