12. Erica May
St. Louis-native Max Scherzer won’t get to face his home-town team in the World Series this year.
11. Massiel Dotel
Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel played a crucial role for the Cardinals during their championship run last year, and I’m sure the Detroit brass are hoping he’ll play a similar role this year.
10. Savannah Swetland
Hunter Pence definitely has a thing for chicks with pin-up girl looks. First he dated some bikini model named Terrie B. Then it was a blonde Houston Texans cheerleader named Lindsay Slott. (No joke. Lindsay Slott.) Then it was Playboy Playmate Shannon James.
9. Lincecum’s Mystery Girl
The Giants are once again in the World Series, but now Lincecum sucks (like, really sucks), and he’s dating some mystery woman Giants fans have taken to called “Go-Kart Girl” on internet forums.
8. Jalynne Dantzscher
No, you’re not seeing things, and this photo was not doctored. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is married to a former UCLA gymnast named Jalynne Dantzscher, and Jalynne has an identical twin named Janelle.
7. Rosangel Cabrera
Poor Rosangel Cabrera has her hands full with husband Miguel. Sure, he’s probably the best all-around hitter in baseball today, and he won the first triple crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. But he’s also a wee bit addicted to booze. In 2009, Miggy was arrested after a domestic disturbance sparked by his returning home loud and drunk at 6AM. (The next day he showed up to the ballpark with scratches on his face, suggesting that Rosangel might have let him have it.) After that he went to rehab for a few months, but got in trouble again prior to the 2011 season when he was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving and resisting arrest.
6. Chelsea Cain
Matt Cain met his wife, Chelsea, during spring training. She was working as a waitress at a steakhouse while attending Arizona State, and Matt Cain was a steak-eating patron. They got married in 2009, then had their first child in 2010, not long after Matt won his first World Series ring.
5. Kristen Posey
Buster Posey doesn’t even look old enough to be married. However, the 2012 NL batting champ married his high school sweetheart, Kristen, back in 2009, when he was just 22. Then the couple welcomed twins into the world in August of 2011.
4. Ana Sanchez
The Tigers picked up starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez from the Marlins for the stretch drive. And while he pitched well, going 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA, I’m sure his lovely wife, Ana, was less-that-thrilled to leave the warm Miami beaches and move to Detroit. Of course, winning the World Series might make up for it.
3. Amber Zito
Barry Zito, the hero of Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS and savior of the Giants’ season, married Amber Seyer back in 2011. Interestingly, Seyer was Miss Missouri 2007, and while she’s not from St. Louis, her hometown of Oran is definitely in Cardinals country. So I guess she had mixed emotions when her husband’s team humiliated the Cardinals over the final three games of the series.
2. Windy Pagan
Angel Pagan is one lucky dude. Not only did he get traded from the Mets to the Giants prior to the 2012 season, going from misery in Queens to jubilation in the city by the Bay. He also happens to be married to a stone cold fox. Congratulations, Angel.
1. Kate Upton
For months there was speculation that Justin Verlander was dating 2012 SI Swimsuit cover-girl Kate Upton, but neither of them would confirm anything. Then someone from Celebuzz.com acquired confirmation of the relationship form a very unlikely source: Justin’s 87-year-old grandpa, Richard.