‘Yankee Stadium’ by m01229 via flickr
Some people are interested in sport, and other people – like us – are just interested in the people who play them. These days, the biggest stars become celebrities in their own right away from the game, and that’s really where most of the fun is had.
It may come as a surprise, but one of the most notorious suppliers of individuals who blur the lines between sportsmen and celebs is the sport of baseball, with some of the most well known players just as likely to be found in the glossy pages of gossip magazines than the sports sections of newspapers.
Here are three of the biggest names in the game, all of whom just happen to be involved in three of the most talked about celebrity couples going.
‘derek jeter’ by Keith Allison via flickr
Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis
New York Yankees are the biggest baseball team in the world, and Derek Jeter is their star player. Not just a huge name for the Yankees, he’s also the highest paid player in the entire league, which takes some doing.
However, interestingly for us, Jeter is just as prolific off the field as he is on it. With his list of past girlfriends including Mariah Carey, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson, it was going to take somebody special to tie him down. 2013 Sports Illustrated model Hannah Davis seems to have calmed him down at last.
‘Alex Rodriquez’ By Daniel Hartwig Via Flickr
A-Rod and Torrie Wilson
Affectionately known as ‘A-Rod’, Rodriguez is a star player for the New York Yankees, and the second highest paid player in the entire sport. Much like his teammate, A-Rod is as well known for his antics off the field as he is for activities on it.
His former significant others include Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and Madonna – yes, the one you’re thinking of – and he’s a man who quite clearly has a thing for blondes. His current, and longest-term girlfriend to date, is former WWE superstar Torrie Wilson, who doesn’t look like she’s going anywhere fast.
‘Justin Verlander’ by Keith Allison via flickr
Justin Verlander and Kate Upton
Unlike the others, in this case, the baseball player might actually be the less famous one in the couple. Kate Upton is one of the most in demand young models and actresses in the world, meaning that the Detroit Tigers pitcher has well and truly got himself a catch.
She has been on as many magazine covers as he’s thrown pitches, so the media interest in the pair is always incredibly high. Almost three years into a somewhat start/stop relationship, we’re yet to see whether or not these two will last the whole nine innings.