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Yeah, I'm guessing that's probably not a good headline to read about the wife of the centerpiece of last summer's Pirate-Yankee blockbuster trade. From John Perrotto:

The wife of Pirates outfield prospect Jose Tabata is suspected by police of abducting a 2-month-old girl in Plant City, Fla.

Amaila Tabata Pereira was found with 10-pound Sandra Cruz-Francisco standing at a street corner in Bradenton, Fla., the city where the Pirates hold spring training, on Tuesday afternoon. The baby had been reported missing by her mother, Rosa Sirilo-Francisco, at 9 p.m. Monday.

More shocking details: Tabata's wife has not one, but four different identities, and none of the four match the one Tabata gave Pirate media relations director Jim Trdinich, which means she actually has five IDs. And how about the fact that the 20-year-old Tabata is married to a 43-year-old woman? That's certainly a unique age combination for a baseball marriage. Was he inspired by 33-year-old A-Rod and 50-year-old Madonna?

If you read the entire story (which I highly urge you to do), this definitely has the sound of something fishy. So far, Tabata is not believed to have any involvement, but this is still a pretty major distraction to be hovering over any person's spouse, ballplayer or not.

Tabata's wife suspected of kidnapping [Pirates Report/John Perrotto]

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HotDog_Zanzabar said...

The Pirates should've known about this when they read his scouting report...

"Tabata has gap to gap power and he can steal a baby when he's on the basepaths"

Unknown said...

Tabata has to be at least 30 years old

Steve said...

I'm pretty sure this was just a stunt by the Pirates to get their name mentioned in the national papers. I mean with all the A-Rod and college basketball talk taking up all the headline space, what else could they do?

They originally had plans to have a Pirate player kidnapped but that fell through after realizing no one would care.

The Duke from Dukes Court said...

My first thought was that Tabata lied about his age, but even if he was 25, being married to a 43 year old still doesn't make sense.

She isn't even a milf, google her, the pictures aren't anything special