31-year-old Jake Arrieta is a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs who has had a strong start this season.
Arrieta is originally from Farmington, Missouri, and he is married to Brittany Arrieta, with whom he has two children.
Here’s what you need to know about Brittany Arrieta, the wife of Jake Arrieta.
1. She Has Been Dating Jake Arrieta Since High School
Brittany Arrieta was Jake’s high school sweetheart.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Jake and Brittany both attended Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas, and they started dating when they were both in their junior year.
Not only did Jake and Brittany Arrieta attend the same high school, but they went to the same elementary school as well. They also both went to college at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
According to MLB.com, Arrieta has a degree in education.
2. She & Jake Married in 2008
In late 2007, Jake Arietta proposed to Brittany, according to Chicago Splash.
The wedding took place in November 2008. They were married at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. In 2013, Jake Arietta posted on Instagram to celebrate his five-year anniversary with Brittany Arrieta.
“5 years married to this woman today.. Hammering down some Hunger Games,” Arietta wrote on a photo of him and his wife at the movies.
It seems that Jake and Brittany both have a love of young adult fiction, as Jake also took his wife to the midnight premiere of all the Twilight movies, according to the Baltimore Sun.
On their eight year wedding anniversary in 2016, Brittany wrote on Twitter, “Cheers to 8 years of being married to my bestfriend, @JArrieta34 everyday is an amazing adventure with you.”
And on Jake Arietta’s birthday recently, Brittany wrote that she “couldn’t have found a better best friend to spend the rest of my life.”
3. She Used to Work as a Gymnast
According to The Baltimore Sun, Brittany Arietta used to work as an “elite-level gymnast.”
However, now she spends much of her time taking care of her children and helping out her husband.
“If you name a job title, we check it off our list,” she told Chicago Splash. “Mover, packer — I’m a professional packer — assistant, financial [aide], cook. We stay very busy. Our guys live out of a suitcase. When they get home [from a road trip] it’s laundry and dry cleaning and they’re on the road again in seven days.”
Arietta also works with Cubs Charities and has helped raise money for organizations like the Maryville Center for Children.
4. She Is Friends With Many Other Wives of Cubs Players
Brittany Arrieta gets along well with the wives of other Chicago Cubs players.
In an interview with Chicago Splash, Arrieta said that all of the Cubs wives and girlfriends are like members of a club, even more so than with other teams Jake has played for.
“It’s like a sorority,” Arrieta said. “Other teams I’ve been on, it’s not like this necessarily. We’re each other’s family and friends while we’re here.”
In particular, Arietta is good friends with Kristina Lackey, the wife of John Lackey.
5. She Has Two Children With Jake
Brittany and Jake Arrieta have two children: Palmer and Cooper.
In a 2014 interview with MLB.com, Jake Arietta said that Cooper, who at the time was three years old, doesn’t fully understand that playing baseball is his dad’s profession and that he is a celebrity.
“He’ll say, ‘Why do you need to [work out so often]?'” Arrieta said. “I’ll say, ‘Well, we have to practice and work hard to get better at our job.’ He doesn’t really understand baseball is a job, but that’s one of the beauties of playing this game. I get the large amount of time off that I do and I’m able to have him around. It’s neat for them to see the behind-the-scenes aspects of baseball.”
In that same interview, Arrieta said that he frequently takes his son on hikes with him.
Brittany Arietta said in an interview with Chicago Splash that before every game, she sends Jake a video message from his children wishing him luck.