Yep. That Anna Benson.
When I told my wife I was e-interviewing Anna Benson, she said “You are now officially part of The Problem.”
Still, the most famous and most photographed Oriole wife spent a couple minutes with Bugs & Cranks.
But before you get all sweaty, let me explain.
With righthanded starter Kris Benson on the disabled list since the week before spring training even started, Baltimore – and baseball – has been without Mrs. Benson. Naturally, we wanted to know what the Bensons have been up to.
But when her representation agreed to the interview, I completely seized up. What the hell do I ask Anna Benson? “Um … so, like, are those, y’know, real?” I can’t do that. I figured the rest of the B&C fellas could step in and help. Here’s what I got. “Ask her about shopping. Women can fill up pages with that stuff.” Andy wanted to know about the Pirates. Evanson was excited, but couldn’t think of a question. Our Tampa man David Chalk recommended something lewd that would certainly be shot down by her agent. So, like me, the rest of the B&C crew kind of shuffled around like boys at a high school dance, hands in our pockets.
Here, then, are five questions with Anna Benson.
B&C: Baseball hasn’t seen the Bensons in a while. So, the first question is obvious: what have the Bensons been up to since Kris has spent the whole season on the disabled list?
Anna: Kris has been working hard getting his arm strength back so he can get back on the mound. I’ve been working on several different projects and raising money for Benson’s Batallion [a charity supporting police, fire and other public safety officers.]
B&C: What’s it like being married to a pitcher on the DL? Is it driving Kris nuts? He he driving you nuts?
Anna: It’s frustrating to have him sitting out – Kris was hoping to make a big impact on the team this year. All I try to do is be supportive and stay positive and know that once he’s back healthy he can get back out there and win some games.
B&C: Since new manager Dave Trembley took over for the fired Sam Perlozzo, the Orioles are looking sharp and winning. Any thoughts? Do you and Kris watch the O’s games?
Anna: The team looks great — we have a lot of talent on this team. Dave has done an outstanding job. Ya gotta love the Direct TV baseball package!
B&C: Who’s your favorite Oriole wife or girlfriend? Do you stay in touch with friends from the Pirates or Mets?
Anna: I wouldn’t say I have any favorites — on the Mets, we were very close with the Floyds and the Glavines. This past year, I haven’t really gotten to spend much time in Baltimore. I’ve been home with the kids and working on some television projects and developing a few other business ideas.
B&C: All time favorite baseball memory?
Anna: I have a few, but the one that stands out the most was Kris’s home run off Pedro at Shea [in a 4-2 Orioles interleague win over the Mets in June, 2006]. It was his first visit back after the trade — Kris not only pitched his ass off that game, but took Pedro deep … redemption.
And thanks Jesse, Hamp, Andy, Landon, Cam, Adam, Mark and David.