Jessica Mendoza, the former fastpitch softball superstar for Stanford and the United States Women’s National team, joined ESPN’s full-time Sunday Night Baseball broadcast staff as an analyst, a role she has shared with former Major Leaguer Aaron Boone since 2016. Her husband is Adam Burks, a former athlete himself.
The 36-year-old Mendoza called some baseball games for ESPN towards the end of the 2015 season, including some Sunday Night broadcasts following Curt Schilling’s suspension from the role.
According to the Spokesman-Review, the couple first met at a wedding in 2004 in Southern California. He was previously in the U.S. Marines and served in Desert Storm before returning home to finish his degree at Eastern Washington University. The couple is also parents to two sons, Caleb Ashton and Cayden Adam.
“I met Jessica in the 2004 Olympic year. We hit it off from there, and it blossomed,” Burks told the Spokesman-Review in 2008. “Life has a funny way of working out.”
Burks is now an assistant engineer and has worked for the city of Moorpark in Ventura County, Calif.
Boone played for the Reds for seven years, the majority of his career. However, he’s best known for his 2003 American League Championship Series extra-inning home run that led the Yankees over the Red Sox.