Yes, Amy Bemboom says, her hotel has a pool.
But that’s about as close as she gets to that image of Major League Baseball wives enjoying a life of luxury, shopping all day or lying by the pool for hours working on their tans.
“Not everybody makes millions, or even close to that,” said Bemboom, the wife of former Creighton standout and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Anthony Bemboom. “He’s 29 years old, and it’s been a long time coming.”
Anthony Bemboom earned just a taste of the big leagues in May before tweaking his knee and going on the 10-day injured list. The couple have no idea what will happen when he’s healthy again.
And that’s the reality of professional baseball for the former Amy Spilker, the 2012 Miss Nebraska USA from Malcolm, Nebraska.
Nothing in the sport is guaranteed, she said. Everything is last-minute.
“It’s fun, but it’s also crazy and very unpredictable,” Amy Bemboom says. “It’s just really difficult to plan around baseball. You never know where you are going to be.”
For a planner like Amy, that’s hard. But after eight seasons bouncing around the minors, the couple are thrilled that Bemboom was called up. He had five at-bats, which included an RBI double, before spraining his left knee in his second game with the Rays.
His May 12 debut, though, was something Amy Bemboom will never forget. She watched from the Rays’ family section with several of Anthony’s relatives.
“It was just surreal to see him take the field,” she said. “He looks like he’s meant to be there. To see someone progress and see his dream come true, to see it all come full circle, it was exciting.”
It was fun to mingle with the families of his teammates, too, if only for a few games. Food and drinks were provided, unlike the minors, where you buy your dinner like the rest of the fans.
The Bembooms are much more familiar with life in the minors. Anthony has worked in 11 cities, and that’s meant lots of moves, visits to spring training and a stop in the Dominican Republic right after they were married in November. Amy has kept a journal about every stop.
They had just settled in an apartment in Durham, North Carolina, where Bemboom was playing for the Triple-A Durham Bulls, when he was called up. Their car is still there.
Players report immediately, but families do the grunt work of the move, to a hotel like the one the Bembooms are staying at in St. Petersburg or maybe a furnished apartment.
Amy and Anthony Bemboom met when both were in college, and it’s been a crash course of baseball for her since. Amy ran track in high school and grew up with three brothers who played basketball and football. She knew little about the sport.
That’s changed. Amy Bemboom can talk about the ins and outs of the minor league system with the best of them, although she finds it very important that she has her own career.
Instead of lying by the pool, she might be working on her YouTube channel, doing a freelance marketing or modeling job or helping a client as a personal assistant.
“I definitely still have to work,” she said.
It’s not just for the money; it’s also important that not everything in their life revolves around baseball. It also keeps her busy while Anthony undergoes rehab during the day.
Evenings are for the two of them, for now. That’s one of the best parts about Amy following him around the country since their marriage.
“Having my wife along with me this season has been great. It’s nice to come home from the field and be able to hang out with her and have that break from baseball,” Anthony Bemboom said. “It’s been really cool to experience new places together, rather than me calling and trying to explain it over the phone.”
Amy Bemboom says it’s become quite the life for someone who never thought she’d live outside of Nebraska. Someday, though, she can see them settling down in a place like Papillion, a part of the Omaha area they both love, and working and having a family.
Until then, they’re trying to squeeze the most out of every stop, whether it’s in Orem, Utah, or under the big lights of Tropicana Field.
“It doesn’t last forever,” Amy Bemboom said. “We try to make a memory everywhere we go.”