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Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:00 am

Sounds like a fairy tale: Beautiful girl marries handsome athlete and lives happily ever after. She travels to exciting cities, cheers her Cardinal husband, and donates time and energy to worthy causes.  Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s real, and so are the women on these pages. LN had the pleasure of getting to know these amazing women, learning about their causes, and finding out what it’s like to be a Cardinal wife.

Lindsey Schumaker

Husband Skip Schumaker, second Base

LN: Where are you from and How did you two meet?

LS:  Skip and I are both from California, currently living in Huntington Beach. We met when we were 18 on our high school graduation cruise. We have been together for almost 11 years, married for four, and have an 18-month-old son, Brody.

LN: What’s it like being a Cardinal player’s wife?

LS: There are, of course, MANY perks. We get to experience things and travel to many places the ‘normal’ job wouldn’t take you to. On the other hand, your husband is never home and your family and friends are not here. It can get very lonely at times, and be a struggle if you have children because you feel like a single parent. I am very blessed and fortunate to be where we are today.

LN: What charities do you support?

LS: Strikeouts for Troops is a charity founded by San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zitto that we have supported, as well as Cardinals Care, which works with local charities.

LN: How did you choose these charities?

LS: Skip is a friend of Barry’s, and he contacted us about becoming involved. And just by being part of the Cardinal team we get notifications about the Cardinals Care charities and how we can help (stlcardinals.com).


Alyson Carpenter

Husband Chris Carpenter, Pitcher

LN: Where are you from and How did you two meet?

AC: I’m from New Hampshire, and Chris and I went to high school together. He played hockey and I was the hockey manager. We’ve been married for 11 years and have two children: Sam, 6 and Ava, 3.

LN:  What’s it like being a Cardinal player’s wife?

AC: Both rewarding and challenging. The good parts are obvious, especially being in such a great baseball city like St. Louis. The challenging part is being away from our friends and families back East. Also, as the children get older it’s hard for them to be away from their dad when he’s on the road, and it’s equally hard on Chris.

LN: What charities do you support?

AC: Locally, the Judevine Center for Autism (judevine.org ). I’m on the committee for the Festival of Trees Gala and Auction, the main fund-raiser, sometime this fall. Back home, we support Kristen’s Gift, an organization out of The Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth that provides necessities to young cancer patients. We also support the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.

LN:  How did you choose these charities?

AC: They approached us and asked us if we would be willing to become involved. Upon learning about each, we were so impressed we didn’t hesitate.


Bridget McClellan

Husband Kyle McClellan, Pitcher

LN:  Where are you from and How did you two meet?

BM: I am from Kennett, Mo., three hours south of here.  I went to St. Louis to go to school (UMSL), and Kyle and I met at the Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park. I was there with roommates; he was with his friends.  He sent his buddy to ‘scope’ me out, thinking I was too young for him. We dated for two years and got married Nov. 3, 2007.

LN:  What’s it like being a Cardinal player’s wife?

BM: Not what I expected.  Being with Kyle while he chased his dream…it just seemed so far away. I’m blessed to have met so many wonderful people and to have unbelievable opportunities, especially to use our ‘Cardinals wives’ status to raise money for charities. It is tough sometimes to have your husband in the public eye, especially to hear negative things about ‘your man.’ But then I hear people rave about him and I’m so proud. 

LN:  What charities do you support?

BM: We support various charities each year but a few are especially close to our hearts, one being Christian Family Day. 

LN: why this charity?

BM: We were asked to be involved and didn’t hesitate.  This program brings more than 3,000 at-risk children to a Cardinals game, with a Christian concert afterward.

LN: Does your charity have an upcoming event?

BM: Christian Family Day 2009 is Saturday, June 27, the game against the Minnesota Twins. You can also sponsor one of the at-risk children to come to the game for a $30 donation (christianfamily.com).


Lory Ankiel

Husband Rick Ankiel, Center Field

LN:  Where are you from and How did you two meet?

LA: I was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Rick and I met through mutual friends, and we’ve been married 2 1/2 yrs.

LN:  What’s it like being a Cardinal player’s wife?

LA: It’s great. The fans in St Louis are wonderful and very supportive. Understanding what Rick has been through and then seeing him succeed as an outfielder in only a few years is amazing. Doing it in St. Louis is that much better because the fans have been behind him all the way.

LN:  What charities do you support?

LA: Animal and children’s charities. This year we’re involved with Stray Rescue St Louis, which saves dogs and cats  on city streets. The overpopulation of strays is an unknown social issue, and Stray Rescue is out there daily working to save as many as possible.

 LN:  How did you choose this charity?

LA: We have two dogs: a Rottweiler and a Siberian Husky, who are such a big part of our family it feels natural to help other animals find loving homes.

LN:  Does your charity have an upcoming event?

LA: We have a Stray Rescue St. Louis event  that is still in the planning process, tentatively set for July (StrayRescue.org or RickAnkielOnline.com).

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