Anyone who has watched the infamous tv show Hockey Wives will know that there is a sense of community among the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. Turns out the real-life baseball world is no different.
The MLB just passed the trade deadline on July 31, meaning a lot of player shifts were happening this week. One Toronto Blue Jays' wife just got very real about the human side of those trades.
Kristin Smoak is the wife of Blue Jays first-baseman Justin Smoak. While he wasn't one of the players being traded, a few of his teammates are now off to play for other teams across the United States, taking their families with them.
Kristin recently posted on her Instagram and Twitter accounts reminding people that the trade deadline is actually really hard on families, saying that her and her daughter, who is only 3 years old, both lost some of their best friends this week.
According to Kristin's post, the other players' wives and girlfriends become family to them, having spent so much time together. As Kristin writes in her post, "We spend more time with them then we do our family and friends from home."
In professional sports, players don't really get a say in where they end up and trades happen very quickly, which can be tough on the family. In Kristin's case, she also said that she didn't even get a chance to say goodbye to one of her best friends, Morgan Happ, who is the wife of recently traded pitcher J.A Happ.
So while us Jays fans may be excited about incoming players or bummed about losing some stars, Kristin Smoak is out here reminding us all their sports goes a lot deeper than the games we see.