Vh1's latest reality endeavor, Baseball Wives, is based in (where else?) spring training hotspot Scottsdale. The catty crew includes Anna Benson, Erika Monroe Williams, Chantel Kendall, Tanya Grace, Brooke Villone (yes, the bikini'd lady to the left), and Jordana Lenz.
The six women have (or have had) romances with MLB players, and, as it's "reality" telly, they pick fights, make and break alliances, take extravagant trips, and are socially bound together by little more than the shared profession of their hubbies, boyfriends, and exes.
Each woman has a story, and we're dishing the juicy deets...
Name: Brooke Villone
Reputation: The mean girl. Brooke's favorite pastime seems to be talking about the other ladies behind their backs and then denying it to their faces. Thing is, girl can dish it out, but she sure can't take it. When the cast takes a trip to Turks and Caicos, things come to a head. On a night when Brooke claims to be sick (and according to Anna, she's really hanging with her hubby), the ladies gather for dinner and compare notes on things the gangly model has said. On the shit-talking roster are remarks that Jordana didn't have a real relationship with Nyjer, Jordana wasn't really her friend -- just a texting buddy, that the only other wife she liked was Erika (a line that was apparently tailored to other cast members), and that Anna cheated on her husband.
The next day, the girls board a boat, and fur flies. While the ladies air their grievances, Brooke shuts down. Jordana, who pledged her allegiance to Brooke earlier in the same ep and counted her as her closest pal on the show, seems the most hurt by Brooke's statements. After the ladies gang up on her, Brooke writes off the attack, texts Jordana to have a nice life, and later unfriends her on Facebook. Burn.
Baseball Husband: Brooke's married to retired Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ron Villone, and the couple splits their time between Jersey and Phoenix. The two met at a Pittsburgh bar, and Ron realized he had a picture of Brooke (who, at the time, was working as a beer promo girl) hanging in his locker. See more on that, and a whole lot more, in Brooke's bio vid below.
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Quotable Quips: "You're all fucking cowards. Let me say that word again: Cowards. I can spell it out to you C-O-W-A-R-D-S."
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Claim(s) to Fame: Brooke's a model who's done ad work, promotional gigs, runway walking, and fashion spreads.
Where's the Beef?: Brooke and Cherie (a secondary cast member), who've known each other for 10 years, are drama central. Allegedly, during a night out at Dollhouse, Cherie attempted to throw a glass at Brooke, but failed. Cherie says that didn't happen. Brooke says it did. Who knows? Not us. The fabled glass toss wasn't televised. So we're left with a most literal she said, she said situation. The feud continues with Brooke acting out in bizarre ways -- including carrying a taxidermied opossum as a purse to dinner... Whole other story.
Catch Baseball Wives on VH1 Sundays at 10 p.m.