When you saw the
picture to the right, was the first word that came to your mind pioneer? Well,
among baseball wives, that's how Benson sees herself. "We just sit there at
games, and we're expected to play the quiet role of the player's wife,"
says Benson, whose husband, Kris, a starting pitcher, was traded from the Mets
to the Orioles in the off-season. "I hope I've made some wives feel like
they can be who they are. If they want to pose for a magazine, they can pose.
It's not MLB's or any team's damn business."
Benson, 30, who
appears on the cover of the April issue of FHM straddling a baseball bat, is a
former stripper whose brazenness made more news in New York than Kris's work on
the mound (14-12, 4.23 ERA) in 1 1/2 seasons there. Among her other
contributions to the game:
that if Kris cheated on her, she'd sleep with every member of the Mets'
organization, including the grounds crew.
?She showed up at
a Mets-sponsored Christmas party for children in a low-cut Mrs. Claus outfit.
"[The New York tabloids] write how inappropriate and raunchy the dress is
and then run huge pictures of me," she says. "They know I sell
A month later the
Mets traded Kris in what the team called a baseball decision. Others believe
Anna was the reason. "It's ridiculous to think I got traded because of some
dress," says Kris. "People who know her understand that what she does
is just part of her image. We just try to have a little fun with [the media
Anna wants to
parlay that persona into a lucrative career, trying to break into TV (last year
she was in negotiations to star in a cable reality show) and signing with a new
online poker website, golddiggerpoker.com (where, for a fee, you can play
against her online). In the meantime she hopes to keep the baseball world
entertained. "It's a long season. It gets boring," Anna says. "I'm
just trying to rock the boat a little so everyone can have a little more