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Zack Greinke’s Wife Was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader
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Zack Greinke has been one of the best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball over the last two decades.

The 38-year-old has amassed more than 200 wins and 2,800 strikeouts over his illustrious and likely Hall-of-Fame-bound 18-year career with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner who has made six All-Star Games is also a very rich man. In 2012, he signed a six-year, $147-million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He then inked a $200-million deal with the Diamondbacks in 2015. It’s safe to say he has more than enough money in the bank.

According to reports, the American baseball pitcher boasts an estimated net worth of $120 million.

Greinke has always been viewed as an oddball. He was notably awkward in interviews with media members and interactions with fans. In 2006, he missed multiple months of the MLB season while with the Royals and was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. New York Yankees fans have even taunted him in the past over it.

“I don’t know a good way to put it — it’s having anxiety every day,” he told the LA Times. “It’s not fun. I wouldn’t call it painful, but it’s definitely not enjoyable.”

His return to dominance under the bright lights, let alone in a city like Los Angeles, was nothing short of amazing. That being said, he might not have blossomed into one of the best baseball players of his generation without his wife, Emily Greinke.

Who is Zack Greinke’s Wife Emily Greinke?

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Donald Zachary Greinke was born in Orlando, Florida, and attended Apopka High School in Orange County. There, he was not only a star shortstop and pitcher but he met his wife — then known as Emily Kuchar — before becoming a 2002 first-round MLB Draft pick by the Kansas City Royals.

According to Heavy.com, Emily was working as a library assistant when they met. The high school sweethearts tied the knot in 2009.

On top of being a mother of two children, Emily is apparently a good cook. Her MLB player of a husband has an affinity for her chicken pot pie. She’s also all over social media and has her own fashion and home decor website, styledbyem.com.

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She’s a Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

Emily used to dance as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader in the NFL. She mentions that fact in her Twitter bio.

Assuming Emily is about the same age as her 38-year-old husband, she tried out for the Cowboys cheerleading team when she a teenager. She shared on Twitter that she auditioned for the team in a mall food court in 2003.

She confirmed in a video posted to YouTube by Miss Florida USA that she was 18 when she tried out.

“I did that for about two years, and it was one of the best experiences,” she said.

Emily Greinke’s resume includes much more than cheerleader. The same year they got married, she won Miss Daytona Beach USA 2009. At the time, she was a communications major at the University of Central Florida and aspired to be an entertainment host.

How Many Kids Do They Have?

The Greinkes have two children. They welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Bode Nicholas Greinke in 2015. Their second child, Griffin Greinke, was born in 2017.

Zack and Emily also have a pet cat named Wilsy.

“Best. Job. Ever. love these 3 more than anything and so lucky to be Bode & Griffin’s mommy! Wilsy’s too,” she wrote on Instagram in May 2020.

Whether it’s at home or on the road or in the World Series against the Atlanta Braves this MLB season, you can be sure they’ll be cheering for Zack Greinke each time he takes the mound.

This post was originally published on August 27, 2020.

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