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I met my husband when I was interning for the TV network doing his games. I was still in college when we started dating. I NEVER lost sight of my dream of working in TV and that meant when he went to spring training in 1988 I went to the Olympics with ABC in Calgary. Every off season I would work in television through my second child. It then became too hard…and I found philanthropy. We always thought giving back to the communities where Jamie played was very important. It started in those little cookbook projects and for us turned into a charity foundation. We are now 12 years old, $20m raised, founders of two kinds of national camps for kids, and doing national work for suicide prevention.
I had amazing role models in veteran wives and followed their lead in how they balanced everything.
I was of the era of always being with my husband. So wherever he played the kids went to school. Our relationship was built on a solid foundation of trust so it really wasn’t an issue. I got really good at Plan B and making home wherever we were. It allowed my husband to focus on his job. The support group of other spouses around became what I lived for day to day while Jamie trained or worked or traveled. Meeting at the pool, taking to the kids to the park, planning dinners and finding daily workouts became our day. Then adding purpose of giving back with charity projects made us all feel we had some purpose too.
It took us 20 years to make it to a World Series and win it! Win it! Win it on our 20th wedding anniversary! Crazy I know but that’s what we lived for all those years, all of those sacrifices, it finally came to be. But that offseason became difficult for us as a couple. I was like “wait that was your dream…20 years!?” he was like “wait I have kids going to college…where has time gone?!” So we worked hard at finding ways to embrace each other’s strengths again. Me with charity work and him continuing to play in his late 40s. No matter the crisis IE Haiti or find money for more Camp Erin’s, Jamie supported my efforts. And I committed to going to every one of his starts in 2010…ironically he would have his first serious injury that July!
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