Wife to Elliot Johnson
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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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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.
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.