The photo you see above — which was shared by Jaime Edmondson herself — and a series of tweets have recently sparked speculation that a certain Rays third baseman and a certain Playboy model may be dating. Evan Longoria has ended any speculation by confirming that he is one lucky dude.
“Yes, we are dating,” Longoria said according to the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s been a secret for long enough; it’s not really been a secret, but nobody has asked about it. We are dating.”
“I don’t even think of her like that,” he said when someone reminded him that he’s now dating Playboy’s Miss January 2010 and a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader. “She’s actually more informed on sports. She did a fantasy football blog the whole year, and she does a show on Sirius satellite radio. So it’s pretty cool to be able to talk to somebody on that level outside of the whole modeling thing.”
Jaime does seem to know sports. Or, I should say, she is constantly connected with sports by doing things like recreating the Super Bowl’s best moments in a fun-to-look-at photo shoot and frequently being featured in Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks.
From the sound of it, Longoria found himself a nice catch. We had a hunch he was looking for love when he lobbed a couple of compliments toward Alex Morgan on Twitter back in November, so we’re happy for him. And a little jealous.
Back in July, the U.S. women’s national soccer team received tons of media coverage and fanfare for their performance in the World Cup. They had a captivating comeback win over Brazil in the quarterfinals, and made it to the finals before losing to Japan. There were many reasons the team became so popular (having a few attractive star players doesn’t hurt). Alex Morgan and Hope Solo received plenty of attention because of their stellar play and good looks. They received marriage proposals, thousands of new Twitter followers, and attention from fellow famous athletes. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is one of the athletes who seemed to be flirting with Morgan.
In July, Longoria tweeted at Morgan “the TB Rays want to have you USA soccer girls out to throw out first pitches and chill at a game!” Morgan responded and said she wanted to, but she ended up throwing a first pitch at a Royals game.
It seemed like Longoria was flirting (he could have sent his tweet to any other player but he chose Morgan), but he denies that is the case.
“I tweeted Alex Morgan a couple times [during the Women’s World Cup] and everybody on Twitter assumed that you’re trying to hit on somebody. You can’t really give a sincere tweet. If it’s to a girl, [they think] you’re trying to get in their pants,” Longoria said on the Hot Clicks podcast.
“That’s funny to me. Alex, hey, she’s a good looking girl. For me, Twitter is not used as a dating service. I figure it’s more of a way to connect to your fans.”
So Longoria admits she’s good looking, directed his original tweet at Alex and not any of the other players, and we’re supposed to buy that he wasn’t flirting. It’s OK Longo, you’re not the only one who likes her. Plus, it’s not like you got shot down — everybody knows she has a boyfriend. Just man up and admit you were trying to get in with her.
Baseball players have different routines to get themselves prepared for games. Some watch videos. Some play cards. Some beat the drums. Some beat other things. I had no idea that Evan Longoriapractices his musical skills before games. The third baseman got a lesson before Saturday’s game from Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin:
The Goo Goo Dolls were at The Trop to perform a concert following the Rays game Saturday night. It was part of Tampa Bay’s Summer Concert Series which began in 2008, a promotional idea that helps draw crowds to the park. The Rays generally perform well on concert days, posting a record of 26-6. They were shutout by the A’s on Saturday 8-0. Maybe they should go back to Longoria’s idea to host a Senior Prom for Senior Citizens in order to have better success.
If you fell in love with some of the U.S. women’s soccer players over the past few weeks, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria seems to have caught the bug and even invited the team to hang out at a Rays game. Longoria directed his tweet to one particular individual, soccer star Alex Morgan:
Morgan wrote back some time later saying “let’s do it!” so it seems like she’s down.
See, this is the exact sort of thing about which we warned Servando Carrasco (Alex’s boyfriend) should be worried. Not only are the two on opposite ends of the country, but now Morgan will be in the public spotlight. She’ll be facing much more temptation than the lame marriage proposals on her facebook page.
Although I must admit, with this funky haircut Longo has going, I’m not so sure Carrasco should be worried
So this is what it takes to get a Major League ballplayer to finally honor Ricky Vaughn? Normally when we show you funny haircuts it has something to do with a logo shaved into a head, like this one from Tony Allen, this one from a delusional die-hard Brewers fan, or this hilarious Family Guy logo that Tracy Porter had for the NFL playoffs. It may have taken a steroid admission and potential scratch from the Indians Hall of Fame, but Evan Longoria decided to bite the bullet and pay homage to “Wild Thing” on Tuesday night. Check out this picture of Evan Longoria’s Wild Thing haircut, courtesy of The Big Lead:
It would have been a lot better if a closer rocked the Vaughn cut, but someone had to do it. H/T to @RaysIndex for the pic.
When thieves robbed the home that David Price, Evan Longoria, and Reid Brignac rent on Saturday, they made off with just about everything you would expect. We have no idea how much evidence was left behind or if police will catch the men who broke into their Bradenton home, but from the look of it the process was well-planned.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, the house was broken into in the middle of the day when all three men were at a game next door at Charlotte Sports Park. One would have to assume the culprits knew exactly whose home they were robbing, or they probably would not have attempted it in broad daylight. As of now, they must be satisfied with the results.
The thieves made off with a 60-inch flat screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox systems, headphones, a laptop, and several expensive watches. Price told reporters that his estimated loss alone was around $50,000. Police are exploring the idea that the crime was committed by some people who stopped at the house earlier in the week to ask if it would be available to rent soon.
“The good thing was that nobody was there and nobody got hurt and everything is material that we can replace,” Brignac said. “It’s very unfortunate that people would stoop that low. That’s what we get for being trusting, kind people. These random people came up and we could have been like, ‘No, y’all get out of here.’ “
It’s always a shame anytime we post an item about teammates getting into a dust-up. Much like Hanley Ramirez who had to be reprimanded for being lazy going after a ball, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria confronted center fielder B.J. Upton who coasted for a ball hit in the left-center gap on Sunday. Rusty Ryal got a triple on the play and Gerardo Parra homered next, so luckily the play didn’t really affect the boxscore, but I’m sure the Rays now have an issue to address. Here’s a video of the Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton fight in the dugout via The Big Lead:
The only way I give Upton a partial excuse for the play is if he’s playing hurt, but even if that’s the case then he shouldn’t be in the lineup considering he’s down to .223 on the year and batting 7th. As long as you’re out there, you should be giving everything you have and it didn’t look like Upton was. Typically you’d prefer to see that sort of thing be addressed inside the clubhouse rather than in the dugout in front of television cameras, but at least it’s a good sign that Longoria won’t put up with that crap on his team. These guys just got no-hit and then two-hit Sunday so they need to do everything possible to keep up in the AL East. There’s no room for not hustling.
Evan Longoria and BJ Upton Nearly Fight in Tampa Bay Rays’ Dugout [Video] [The Big Lead]