The acronym “WAGs” stands for wives and girlfriends of high-profile professional athletes. For centuries, primarily thanks to fame, power and wealth, sportsmen have landed stunning significant others. Most memorably, New York Yankees icon Joe DiMaggio married Hollywood megastar Marilyn Monroe at San Francisco City Hall on January 14, 1954. A publicist who has worked with prominent athletes for more than two decades detailed how effortlessly his clients attract women.
“No woman is off-limits for a sports figure,” the publicist told Deadspin.
“I once went to a billiards bar with another client, an NBA player. The place doubled as a nightclub, and because my guy had just won a title, heads turned the moment we walked in. An attractive married woman—she had a huge rock on her finger—came over and started hitting on my client immediately and relentlessly. After a while, her husband came out from the dance club area, clearly upset. He never threatened anything physical. He barely even raised his voice. He just wanted to know what she was doing. His wife played dumb. The husband got into it a little with his wife. He wanted to leave.”
The publicist continued, “My client called over one of the bouncers and told him to get rid of the couple. The wife decided to stay. The husband got booted. He was irate. She didn't care. Five minutes later, my client was with her in the back office of the club. She left, and he never talked to her again.”
Two decorated baseball players, Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Evan Longoria and 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, prove that “no woman is off-limits for a sports figure.” While Longoria exchanged vows with January 2010 Playmate of the Month Jaime Edmondson in December 2015, Verlander is engaged to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Upton. Accordingly, let’s enjoy pictures of both sexpots and determine if Edmondson or Upton is more breathtaking.
20 20. KATE UPTON’S BACKGROUND
Kate Upton is one of the most famous and desirable women in the world. The 5-foot-10, 140-pound Upton, who is blessed with natural sweater kittens that require a 34DD size, was born in St. Joseph, Michigan. At the age of 7, Upton and her family moved to Melbourne, Florida. Likely out of jealousy, Upton initially endured bullying in the Sunshine State. Thankfully, Upton’s tormentors encouraged her to pursue a career in modeling.
“I knew nothing about fashion growing up, because in Florida you just wear bikinis and flip-flops,” said Upton, 25, who was schooled at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
“But kids can be cruel, and they used to make fun of me for having long legs and bushy eyebrows. My mom would flip through magazines and say, ‘Look, all these models have that too.’ I decided I wanted to be a model.”
19 19. JAIME EDMONDSON BACKGROUND
Jaime Edmondson is a model who gained notoriety for becoming Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in January 2010. The 5-foot-6, 125-pound Edmondson, who underwent the knife to secure 34C boomers, was born in Bartow, Florida. However, Edmondson was raised in Georgia through the age of 6.
“I was born passing through Bartow, Florida. My father was in the military and we were just passing through,” said Edmondson, 38.
“I grew up in Georgia till I was 5. I can ride four-wheelers and shoot guns in the country with my dad in a place in Georgia with one traffic light. I also went to high school in Oakland Park at Northeast High.”
Edmondson definitely gives Upton a run for her money here by posing as a green bunny.
18 18. KATE UPTON IS AN ATHLETE, TOO!
Kate Upton comes from an extremely athletic family and she began participating in sports at an early age. In fact, Upton was a standout equestrian who competed at a national level and captured an array of championships.
“I’m actually an equestrian, and I showed in the American Paint Horse Association and competed for top 20 in the nation,” said Upton, whose mother, Shelley, was a stellar tennis player in Texas and her father, Jeff, worked as a high school athletic director.
“So, I have my own horse and two ponies. I grew up around horses, and that really is my passion. It’s about having your horse trust you and trusting your horse. And then with that relationship, you guys can compete, and he’ll want to please you. Then you’ll win.”
Upton obviously didn't reach fame for her athletic background, but it definitely is still worth mentioning, as she and Verlander will be bound to have some gifted children, whenever they decide to have kids.
17 17. JAIME EDMONDSON WAS A HATED REALITY TELEVISION STAR
Critics constantly criticized Jaime Edmondson for her snarky attitude on The Amazing Race 14 and The Amazing Race 18. Edmondson was so abrasive that Yahoo Entertainment named her one of the "Most Questionable Characters of Reality TV" in December 2009.
"(Edmondson) hates it when people do not speak English," a Yahoo! TV blog writer claimed.
“So it makes perfect sense that she would want to go on a show that constantly requires her to communicate with people who do not speak English. She's also ridiculously impatient, a yeller and a huge embarrassment to her lovely teammate Cara (Rosenthal)."
Edmondson ignored her haters and professed she doesn’t need more friends.
With such an a propos image, Edmondson seems to be traveling in style here, probably preparing for that Amazing Race appearance.
16 16. KATE UPTON IS A GYM RAT
Kate Upton is lauded for her intense workouts at the gym. Upton, who landed her first magazine shoot at a Crunch Fitness in Miami, recently trained with Marines for a charity event called “Wins for Warriors.”
“It was definitely a very intense workout, but I had a lot of fun. I’m feeling it a little bit today!” Upton told PEOPLE the day after the grueling routine, which included seven rounds of intense exercises such as burpees, toe-touch squats, push-ups and sprints. “I always knew the Marines are very disciplined, but, man they really didn’t let me get away with anything. I thought they’d be ok with me having a little bit of a cheat on those numbers but no, you do those 10 pushups!”
Upton, who is more voluptuous than the average model, always alters her exercises to achieve maximum results. Thus, Upton loved the Marines’ fitness routine.
Her hard work definitely shows and it has us questioning whether it's her or her fiance Verlander who spends more time in the gym.
15 15. EDMONDSON Pretty IN PINK
Oh my. Edmondson really grabs your attention here, looking stunning in pink. However, she's made it clear she doesn't only want to be seen for her looks. One tidbit about her was that she was a Dolphins cheerleader, then tried her hand with law enforcement.
The Miami Dolphins have primarily fielded inept squads this century and haven’t seized a Super Bowl crown since 1973. On the positive, even if it hindered her law enforcement career, Miamians at least had the opportunity to watch Edmondson dance as a Dolphins’ cheerleader.
“Well, I cheered for four years for the Dolphins when I was in college,” said Edmondson.
“I went to the police department for two years after. [my fellow officers said], ‘What do we need a cheerleader for?’ I literally could have saved a school full of children and they would never have seen me in another way. They only saw me as a cheerleader. So I left and went back to the Dolphins.”
14 14. KATE UPTON PROVING HERE SHE COULD DO BETTER
Kate Upton looks stunning in this winter shot and it's somewhat of a throwback to her days donning the SI Swimsuit Issue in 2013 in a winter setting.
Speaking of the winter, Mark Sanchez helped the New York Jets advance to the AFC Championship game in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Granted, the Jets had overwhelming lines on both sides of the ball and were backed by a formidable ground attack. Nonetheless, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Sanchez flourished throughout both playoff runs and even outplayed Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer during them. Alas, according to a New York Post article published on December 21, 2011, Sanchez began seeing Kate Upton.
“Sanchez has been paying frequent late-night visits to the Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model’s Flatiron apartment, we’re told. He’s been spotted several times at the voluptuous blonde’s pad since November, usually after games or before practices — sometimes as late as midnight — rolling up in his black chauffeur-driven Navigator.”
Sanchez inexplicably dumped Upton following a few months of dating. Roughly a year later, when Notre Dame lost to Alabama 42-14 in the 2013 BCS title game, a jilted Upton mocked Sanchez and Gang Green.
“Its okay Notre Dame this happened to the Jets every week,” tweeted Upton.
13 13. JAIME EDMONDSON HELPED PROTECT AND SERVE
Jaime Edmondson graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice. Shortly thereafter, Edmondson became a Boca Raton Police officer. Sadly, the sexy redhead’s tenure as a member of the fuzz was brief.
“Well, my whole family consists of police officers,” said Edmondson.
“My whole life, that is just what I thought I was going to be. I wanted to work for the federal government and wanted to be an undercover spy. It was the only life I knew and I loved it. So I graduated with my bachelor's in criminology and went to the police academy right after. Then, I discovered that people are not receptive to people who don't look like they are supposed to be police officers.”
As previously noted, Edmondson left Boca Raton’s force and returned to the Dolphins sidelines.
12 12. KATE UPTON PROVING HOW STRONG (OR DUMB) VERLANDER IS FOR RESISTING HER ADVANCES
Houston Astros flamethrower Justin Verlander began dating Kate Upton in 2013. Displaying remarkable discipline, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Verlander refuses to enjoy adult relations with Upton on a day when he pitches, regardless of the outcome. With shots like these, we're wondering if Verlander's just an extremely dedicated professional or if he's just not all there!
“There’s no sex before a game—absolutely none,” said Upton. “What I’ve just found out is, if he plays too well, there’s no sex after, either. He’s exhausted. It’s kind of a buzzkill for me.”
Despite denying Upton, Verlander clearly adores the blond bombshell and gushes about her loyalty.
“Kate’s there a lot for me,” said Verlander, 34, who, after nearly 12 years with the Detroit Tigers, became an Astro on August 31. “And we’re just normal people. You know, a normal relationship—believe it or not.”
Verlander and Upton got engaged in May 2016.
11 11. JAIME EDMONDSON Has Something For Every NFL Fan
For decades and decades, two staples in an American male's life have been NFL football and Playboy magazine. Edmondson catered to both here and there are multiple pics of her out there sporting different team colors.
Edmondson disrobed for the late Hugh Hefner’s periodical as a 31-year-old in January 2010. Older than most of Hefner’s bunnies, Edmondson initially suspected that the entire gig was a prank.
“I did not see myself at 30 becoming a Playmate,” said Edmondson, claiming she expected Ashton Kutcher to appear.
“I didn't know they had Playmates at 30, which they have, and I'm the first in five years. At the end of [The Amazing Race], I didn't know what I was going to do. I joked that maybe Playboy would call.I asked if they knew I was not 19 and not blonde. So I sent pictures in to the editor.”
10 10. Kate Upton At 21; How Was Her Birthday Spent?
After looking at this picture, we ask ourselves, why would Verlander want to spend his girlfriend's 21st birthday getting drunk instead of enjoying a romantic evening?
Justin Verlander has been one of the sport’s most dominant hurlers since debuting with the Detroit Tigers on July 4, 2005. Verlander, a six-time All-Star and 2011 Triple Crown winner who tossed two no-hitters, has a legitimate chance to be inducted into the Hall of Fame once he permanently shelves his cleats. Still, even topflight pitchers have bad outings. Verlander got rocked against the Chicago White Sox on Upton’s 21st birthday on June, 10 2011, and he decided to get wasted later that evening.
“It was my birthday, and he had probably like his worst game ever, and no one had any idea how he'd respond to his worst game ever,” Upton says.
“He vented to me in the car and was like, ‘I am going to get blackout drunk.’ So a bunch of us went out and got blackout drunk! I had really good plans to eat popcorn and watch a movie, but he was like, ‘I don't want to think about it, at all.’”
9 9. JAIME EDMONDSON TALKS ABOUT HER Adventure With Hef
Jaime Edmondson broke some trends when she worked with Hef after her stint on reality TV and brought a different vibe to every man's favorite magazine.
After negative experiences on The Amazing Race, Jaime Edmondson raved about working with Hugh Hefner and his crew. In fact, Edmondson was taken aback by her settings’ artistic nature.
“My theme was after racing around the world on The Amazing Race in all the unglamorous places, a mystery man is whisking me away,” said Edmondson.
“I really liked it. It is not like their normal, cutesy look. They told me I'm just not the type of girl to be holding a teddy bear. Mine was a little bit more sophisticated and elegant than the normal sets.”
8 8. KATE UPTON Looking Fashionable, But She Claims Verlander Is More Fashion Savvy
Kate Upton has become a millionaire for posing in glorified floss. Considering Upton spends the bulk of her time borderline nude, it makes sense that Justin Verlander may be the more fashionable of the two lovebirds.
“He's actually a little more fashionable than me,” Upton confessed, however, she also adds that being a pitcher for the Houston Astros kind of puts a damper on him being able to show off his good style.
“But he has a job that doesn't involve wearing clothes and prancing around.”
Although not as trendy as Verlander, Upton loves all types of fashion.
“I love what I do—I love fashion,” says Upton.
Even if Verlander is in fact the more fashionable one, there's no doubt that Upton still steals the show whenever the couple is seen out in public.
7 7. Edmondson Keeps It Simple And It Works
Jaime Edmondson was the Playmate of the Month in January 2010. Here she is just in some black lingerie which matches her red hair quite nicely.
However, before shedding her clothes to love the camera, Edmondson was paid to ensure the safety of Boca Raton and its residents. One evening, Edmondson stopped a driver who she suspected was inebriated. Comically, the vehicle’s operator refused to believe that Edmondson was fuzz.
“It was 3 a.m. and I saw this truck driving 5 mph,” said Edmondson.
"I asked for his license and registration again. He was perplexed and kept looking around. I asked who he was looking for, and he said his friends. He asked if this was for his birthday. Then, it dawned on me when I looked at his license and it was his birthday. This guy truly believed in his heart that I was his birthday present."
6 6. Tennis Anyone?
If you could pick anyone in the world to play a game of tennis with, chances are, Upton is at the top of your list following the pros.
Like the majority of professional athletes, Justin Verlander thrives competing at multiple sports. Kate Upton, whose mother was an elite tennis player, challenged an unschooled Verlander to a match on a court. Upton was confident that she’d outplay Verlander and gain some athletic bragging rights. Unfortunately for the breathing aphrodisiac, Verlander badly outclassed Upton and apparently won in straight sets.
“This is probably bad to say, but I’m going to say it anyway: I always thought that baseball players were kind of fat and not athletic,” said Upton.
“I was really surprised by how athletic Justin was. I wanted to learn tennis, and he goes out and he’s never played before and just beats me. I’m thinking, This is the worst. Who invited you?”
5 5. Edmondson Takes Her Fame In Stride
Tampa Bay Rays legend Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson had a daughter together, Elle Leona Longoria, out of wedlock on February 20, 2013. Longoria appreciates that Edmondson understands the drawbacks of being in the limelight.
"It's not that we all want to date somebody famous or a model or whatever," said Longoria, 31, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner who also earned the Silver Slugger Award in 2009.
"But you don't have to explain to them why people want to take pictures with you or why you're getting a thousand random e-mails or messages or phone calls. It's just a given. We understand that. I'm no different than anybody else. I appreciate my life. There's nothing bad about it."
As a talented baseball player with a Playmate for a spouse, Longoria should “appreciate (his) life.”
4 4. How Would Verlander NOT Put A Ring On Her Finger?
It's safe to say that if a man could wake up in the morning and see a face like Upton's waking up next to theirs, they'd snatch up the chance to have that for a lifetime.
Justin Verlander proposed to Kate Upton in March 2016 after three years of dating. However, before Upton finally said “yes,” she turned down Verlander on multiple occasions.
“You can’t blame (Justin) for getting paranoid when he’s stuck on the road and Kate is off filming,” said an insider.
“In summer, they can go for weeks without seeing each other. Justin has proposed to many times that he’s lost count. It won’t be a surprise if they call it quits.”
After finally agreeing to exchange vows, the hurler and hotty remained secretive about their engagement for a couple of months before going public.
3 3. EDMONDSON's Bridal Party?
Jaime Edmondson and Evan Longoria got married on December 31, 2015. Before exchanging nuptials, Edmondson and some of her fellow bunnies enjoyed a raunchy bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Edmondson’s maid of honor, Playboy’s February 2010 Playmate of the Month Heather Rae Young, used social media to share her excitement.
“My BFF @jaimeedmondson is getting married. I'm honored 2 b her maid of honor. #bacheloretteweekend,” tweeted Young, 30.
Lauren Anderson Brignac, Playboy's Playmate of the Month in July 2002 who has appeared in multiple Playboy videos, applauded the party’s penis toys and Chippendale's dancers.
“If u can’t be inappropriate at a bachelorette party in Vegas, then what’s the point??!! Lmao @jaimefaithedmondson jaimeslastride,” tweeted Brignac, 37.
With blitzed models at their “inappropriate” worst, Edmondson’s fiesta was certainly unforgettable.
2 2. Verlander May Not Enjoy The Ceremony, But He'll CLEARLY Enjoy The Honeymoon
Justin Verlander is on the cusp of marrying one of the globe’s hottest women. Unfortunately for the fading ace, Verlander is also terribly allergic to flowers and Upton loves such decorations.
“I don't know what [kind or florals] I'll have for the wedding day yet. I just know I want a lot of flowers,” said Upton.
“And I know I want the petals already down by the time my niece, who will be my flower girl, walks down the aisle. Justin has terrible allergies! He'll have to take an allergy pill.”
For a lifetime with Upton, Verlander should manage to withstand any obstacles. With Verlander having the no hanky panky rule around game days, it would be wise of Verlander to pick a wedding date for the offseason, so he can enjoy the ENTIRE honeymoon, if you catch our drift.
1 1. JAIME EDMONDSON Is Quite The Bride
What a way to end the list. We end it with the most beautiful day a woman will experience in her life. And Edmondson makes a stunning bride here.
More than two years after having a daughter together, Jaime Edmondson and Evan Longoria exchanged vows on New Year’s Eve 2015 in Los Angeles.
"This is the moment that officially made me a married woman … I never get tired of kissing this man,” tweeted Edmondson.
According to guests, onlookers and members of the media, the wedding’s ambiance was nothing less than spectacular.
“New Year’s is all about having high hopes for the future, and I thought there was no more perfect way to start off marriage life than on a day when everyone is excited about what’s to come,” said Edmondson.
“We wanted to make sure it felt like a party for everyone, not just another reception. People are excited to get dressed up and feel sexy on New Year’s.”
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