Monday is Hot Baseball Wife Day here at UmpBump, and this week’s honoree is Carolina Cruz de Martinez, the wife of Pedro Martinez.
Born in San Geronimo in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the US with her family, Carolina first met Pedro in 1998 when he was pitching for the Boston Red Sox and she was a sophomore at Boston College. Pedro would often create a stir at BC in those days when he would show up on campus to watch her play in college volleyball matches.
Carolina went on to become a reporter for ESPN Deportes before marrying Pedro in November of 2005. Today, Carolina run’s Pedro’s charitable foundation, the Pedro Martinez and Brothers Foundation, which contributes to a wide variety of charitable causes both in the US and the Domincan Republic.
In recent years, Carolina and the Foundation have been particularly involved in helping poor Dominicans rebuild after devastating hurricanes, and with Carolina’s personal brainchild, the “Power in Learning”program, which develops programs to help young girls in the Dominican have access to a good education.
More pictures after the jump…