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Jimmy Baseball’s Third Ex-Wife

Posted on | January 24, 2022 | Comments Off on Jimmy Baseball’s Third Ex-Wife

Jim Edmonds spent 18 seasons in the major leagues, won four Golden Glove awards, made the All-Star roster four times and helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series championship in 2006. Edmonds, known to fans as “Jimmy Baseball,” was already twice divorced and the father of four children and had been out of the game for four years when, in 2014 at the age of 43, he made the mistake of marrying 29-year-old Meghan King. Despite her comparative youth, she already had a track record of marital failure, having divorced her first husband in 2011.

When a middle-aged millionaire marries a 20-something blonde, a bad outcome is nearly guaranteed, but a year after the Edmonds-King nuptials, Meghan joined the cast of Real Housewives of Orange County, and I must ask: Has any marriage ever survived the “Real Housewives” treatment? Of course, I’ve never watched any of those stupid shows, which air on the gay cable channel Bravo. Oh, c’mon, everybody knows Bravo is a gay channel, right? And the whole point of “Real Housewives” seems to be depicting heterosexual marriage as a farce whereby ditzy women are indulged by their wealthy clueless husbands. The indulgent cluelessness of the husbands is more or less the punchline of the joke, and I am unable to comprehend why any man would put up with this.

Perhaps someone should give Jim Edmonds a copy of Rollo Tomassi’s The Rational Male. Given what Edmonds accomplished in his baseball career — a career .284 batting average, with nearly 400 home runs and almost 1,200 RBIs — one might think he would be sufficiently concerned for his reputation that he would refuse to let his young bride involve him in this “Real Housewives” series, which is not only a near-guaranteed path to divorce, but which is also antithetical to the personal dignity of the cast members. Everyone involved in “Real Housewives” is more or less a clown, parading their expensive follies for the entertainment of a cable-TV audience. Might as well date a Kardashian.

The Wikipedia synopsis of the Edmonds-King marriage:

Edmonds married Meghan O’Toole King on October 24, 2014. … Meghan joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2015. Edmonds himself also appears on the show. On Thanksgiving Day 2016, they had a daughter. On November 27, 2017, it was announced that the couple were expecting twins boys together due June 2018. The twin boys were born on June 5, 2018. On October 25, 2019, Edmonds filed for divorce from Meghan, the day after their fifth wedding anniversary.

Details from a contemporary news account:

After attempting to reconcile following a very public cheating scandal, Meghan King Edmonds, 35, and Jim Edmonds, 49, are calling it quits.
Jim Edmonds, a former MLB star, officially filed paperwork to end the marriage Friday, Us Weekly reports. The filing came one day after their fifth wedding anniversary following a blow-up fight with Meghan.
“Meghan and Jim have been fighting,” a source told the publication. “The latest fight began when he went to a recent hockey game and she began interrogating him about who he went with.”
She reportedly also accused the former St. Louis Cardinals player of “having an affair” with their nanny.
Meghan’s distrust likely stems from Jim admittedly sending lewd text messages and photos to a woman while the reality star was pregnant.

Far be it from me to defend a philanderer, if indeed these accusations were true, but am I the only one who sees how the intrusion of a TV reality-show gig played a role in this disaster? Jim Edmonds is a Somebody, famous for his own accomplishments, whereas Megan — what had she ever accomplished, except marrying Jim Edmonds? Parlaying that connection into a “career” (if three seasons on “Real Housewives” can be considered a career) allowed her to become a Somebody, but in an entirely parasitical way. And now, having married again (and divorced again) she’s trying to extend her 15 minutes of fame:

Meghan King is taking the ultimate walk down memory lane.
The former reality star, 37, announced on Monday that she will be recapping her old episodes of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” on her recently launched YouTube channel — and Page Six has an exclusive first look.
In our clip, King reflects on her marriage to ex-husband Jim Edmonds, calling it “embarrassing.”
During a scene that aired in the Season 10 premiere, the retired baseball player appeared to ignore his then-wife as she tried to engage in a conversation.
“So rude. So embarrassing,” King says in her YouTube series, pressing her hand to her forehead.
In the episode, she also gushed over Edmonds in a confessional, “He completely respects me.”
“Denial,” she states. “I was in denial.”
Elsewhere, the mom of three — who shares daughter Aspen, 4, and twin sons Hart and Hayes, 3, with Edmonds — reacts to a younger version of herself admitting, “Oh yeah, I forgot my name is Meghan Edmonds.”
Today, King — who starred on “Orange County” as a full-time ‘wife for three consecutive seasons from 2015 to 2017 — couldn’t be happier to have reclaimed her original surname.
“Thank God it’s not [Edmonds] anymore, ugh,” she says, shaking her head.
Edmonds and King’s relationship dissolved as cheating allegations came to light. The couple finally called it quits in November 2019, after police were called over a heated argument during a custody exchange.
Their bitter divorce was finalized in May — just months before King wed President Joe Biden’s nephew, Cuffe Biden Owens, in October. (Meanwhile, Edmonds got engaged to former Playboy model Kortnie O’Conner in August, after a year and a half together.)
After splitting from Owens, 43, in December, though, King’s “RHOC” rewatch comes as she settles into another chapter as a single woman.
Discussing more than just her marital miseries with Edmonds, the lifestyle blogger says she will be spilling behind-the-scenes tea about “all of those hilarious, dramatic and sometimes cringe-inducing moments” from her time on “RHOC.”

Doesn’t that take the cake? Recycling your failed marriage — and badmouthing your ex-husband — for clicks on YouTube.

There is a word for this, and that word is trashy.

Like I said, might as well date a Kardashian . . .



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