There is something about millionaire athletes in peak physical condition that drives the girls wild. For reasons lost on us (totally unfit, unhealthy, mismanaging-the-little-money-we-have writers), they just seem to flock to them. It is, quite frankly, the stuff of fairy tales.
Baseball players, more than any other athletes, seem to have an overwhelming allure, especially, we’ve noticed, for Playmates. Of course, given the absolute beauty of the Bunnies, it could be the other way around…
A Long, Long Time Ago
Jessica Canseco (Jose Canseco)
The former wife of the most infamous cheater (and deranged Tweeter) in professional sports, Jessica Canseco published a memoir entitled Juicy the same year Jose released his reality-shattering memoir Juiced. Part of Juicy appeared in Playboy in September 2005; so did all of Jessica Canseco.
Marilyn Monroe (Joe DiMaggio)
Despite their marriage lasting only 274 days, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were perhaps the ultimate power couple of the 1950s. Between her sex symbol persona pervading the stuffy culture of the 1950s and DiMaggio breaking batting records left and right for the Yankees, no one really even came close.
Once Upon a Time
Brittany Binger (Grady Sizemore)
Make all the jokes you want about Grady Sizemore’s ability to stay on the field; he made the greatest catch of all time with Brittany Binger (that joke could have used a little work). But seriously: up until this point we just assumed the outfielder had a glass jaw, but after seeing who he had waiting for him at home, we wouldn’t have wanted to waste a lot of time at the ballpark either.
Karina Smirnoff (Brad Penny)
For being kind of a weird-looking dude (not to mention a largely subpar ball player), Brad Penny has dated an awful lot of really attractive women: Alyssa Milano, Eliza Dushku and of course Karina Smirnoff, who appeared in our pages in May 2011.
Shannon James (Hunter Pence)
Hunter Pence is another weird-looking dude who’s made the rounds on the dating-ridiculously-good-looking-women circuit. Among them: Miss May 2007 Shannon James.
Happily Ever After
Jaime Edmondson (Evan Longoria)
If you look back through Miss Jaime Edmondson’s Play-By-Playmate columns, you can find some interesting little bits about a certain Rays third baseman. As a for instance, she awarded the “Hot & Sexy Homer Award” to Evan Longoria back in 2011, stating: “I love it when [a] guy can step up to the plate, whether it’s on the field or asking me out to dinner.” Obviously.
Lisa Dergan (Scott Podsednik)
Once upon a time in Milwaukee, Scott Podsednik stole 70 bases in a single season. In fact, in a four-year span between 2003 and 2006, dude averaged 87 runs on a .277 BA and stole 53 bags a season. Then things sort of went sideways for a few years until he found Miss July, Lisa Dergan in 2008. Next season? Back to his old form: .304 with 75 runs and 30 steals. Just like that. It was an inspired season. We can see why.
Lauren Anderson (Reid Brignac)
The Rays are doing pretty well for themselves. Brignac’s not a Ray anymore, but he was when he met Lauren Anderson…who just so happens to be friends with Jaime Edmondson! The two traveled to Belize in 2011 and, well, the results were what you might expect from two gorgeous Playmates spending time in a tropical climate. Check out the video and gallery here.