Kara McCullers (nee Kilfoile) is the wife as Houston Astros starting pitcher, Lance McCullers, Jr. The couple has been married for a year and a half but can be seen together on social media dating back to 2012.
Over the past few weeks, Kara McCullers has been attending postseason baseball games and cheering on her husband as he and his team took on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. On Wednesday, November 1, the McCullers celebrated the franchise’s very first World Series win.
The 25-year-old MLB WAG is a Tampa, Florida, native, which is where Lance grew up and attended high school.
Here is what you need to know:
1. McCullers Has Been Supporting Her Husband Throughout the Postseason
Kara McCullers has been supporting her husband throughout the postseason and has been sharing photos of some exciting moments over the past couple of weeks. Not only has she been in attendance at Minute Maid Park, but she also traveled to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, to support her man.
After the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, Kara McCullers posted a photo of her hugging her husband and captioned it, “THIS MOMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WORLD SERIES BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Lance posted the same photo on his account and captioned it with one emoji: The world.
McCullers is often sitting with friends or other WAGs, wearing some custom swag to cheer on her husband and his team. The photo below shows some of the other wives and girlfriends of Astros players wearing custom-made denim jackets during a game against the Boston Red Sox in October.
2. The Couple Got Married in 2015 & Spent Their Honeymoon in Italy
After celebrating the night with family and friends, the happy couple took a trip of a lifetime. They spent their honeymoon in Italy, visiting Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Amalfi coast, according to TBO.com. Although the two vacationed for two weeks, the Astros star didn’t stop his workouts — but he did so with his new wife as his workout partner in crime.
“He’d have me sit on his shoulders while he did his squats. I thought, ‘Is this for real?’ I’m on my honeymoon, in the hotel room, and I’m on his shoulders so he can do squats,” Kara McCullers told TBO.com.
3. McCullers Jr. Proposed to Kara in Paris
While you might be used to watching Lance McCullers, Jr. throw his best curveball on the mound, there’s another thing that you might not see coming: He’s also super romantic.
On a trip to Paris, France, after the 2013 season, McCullers, Jr. got down on one knee and asked Kara to marry him. He did so right in front of the Eiffel Tower.
“So blessed to be in the most magical city with the most wonderful guy. Happy New Year everyone,” Kara McCullers posted on Instagram along with a photo of the two sharing a kiss, with the famous Paris landmark as their backdrop.
4. McCullers Is a Proud ‘Dog Mama’ & Is Involved in Her Husband’s Charity that Has to Do with Dogs
The McCullers are both huge dog lovers and often share photos of their two dogs on social media. In fact, Kara McCullers calls herself a “puppy mother” in her Instagram biography.
Additionally, both Lance and Kara McCullers active participants in his charity, which raises awareness for stray and homeless animals. It’s a cause that is very near and dear to both of their hearts.
“There are millions of pets across the country without a proper home or caregiver. Numbers show that large breed dogs in shelters have a more difficult time getting adopted and are put to death at a higher rate. The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Lance and his family to invest, bring awareness, and create programs aimed at advocates for stray and homeless animals across the country. The goal is to support shelters and programs that promote pet adoptions and continue on the journey to make Houston a no-kill city,” reads the organization’s website.
“I think the biggest gratification, over making the big leagues, over pitching in the playoffs, was I put a dog on my Instagram page the other day that was going to be euthanized. And in two days, four people filled out adoption papers. That dog got saved. What’s better than that?” Lance McCullers, Jr. told TBO.com back in 2016.
5. McCullers Earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Central Florida Before Obtaining a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of South Florida
Kara McCullers graduated from the University of Central Florida in May of 2014. She went on to obtain a masters degree in speech language pathology from the University of South Florida in her hometown of Tampa. Below is an overview of the degree program.
“The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for careers as clinical speech language pathologists. The USF SLP program begins with outstanding applicants and capitalizes on the world-class resources of the CSD Department, including experienced clinicians and scientists from many specialties. Students graduating with a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology are in high-demand and enjoy rewarding careers in a wide variety of settings.”
In July 2016, Kara McCullers was one of four students who participated in the Program for the Advanced Treatment of Stuttering. The four students “provided 90 hours of intensive intervention, under the direction of Associate Professor Nathan Maxfield, to 11 clients who stutter,” according to the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences’ Department of Communication Science and Disorders.