As a kid, it was a joy to either collect or trade a Topps (or Fleer, or Upperdeck) baseball card by yourself or with friends.
In that pastime, you crammed over stats for days, admired a handful of special players, and later stored some of those timeless pieces away—until that one special day when you find a mint-condition, "white" Sammy Sosa card worth millions of dollars.
With the recent MLB trade deadline that just passed in mind, what if you had a hand in dealing with something more exciting than Roy Oswalt going to the Phillies, or Lance Berkman going to the Yanks?
What if you're able to do the same thing with undeserving baseball players' hot wives and switch them with MLB studs' OK wives?
It's not as mind-bending a concept as say, stealing dreams as in the box-office hit "Inception," but what a concept, huh?
Enjoy the following top 25 MLB WAG trades as much as you did for those late-July moves executed!
*Mucho thanks to Thomas Delatte, Stacey Mickles and Tim Wood for their help with this project.*
Everyone in Boston loves Tomoyo more than Dice-K!
Poor guy. A great asset to Seattle. Yet even the dog looks like it's bolting from his wife.
Ichiro and Tomoyo. Tomoyo and Ichiro...
It's something about Juli's come-hither eyes that get to you. Or even the Octomomish/Angelina Jolie lips.
I dunno, but regardless of what you say or think, Juliana's got it going on!
You're doing great things in Tampa.
Yet with Juliana on your arm, you will taking things to a whole new level!
Steph, the tribe has spoken. You belong with some other major leaguer.
Or me. Hey, it's your choice...
In this scenario, I'm sure who should leave whom. This is a toss-up.
But since A.J.'s got the money and fame in the relationship, I'd give him the upper hand to acquire Stephenie.
Is it just me or do you also have goosebumps?
Yeah, Heidi has that kind of effect on all of us.
Jason, you can do it!
You can do—much, MUCH better...
PLEASE call my name, PLEASE call my name, Alejandra, Alejandra.
OK, enough Lady Gaga paraphrasing...
Miggy has just teased us way too much in Baltimore, Houston and now in San Diego with you.
Mary may have the sweetest personality in the world, may be the best mate for Carlos.
But am I the only who thinks that Carlos and Mary look like brother and sister? (I hope not.)
Trust me. I tried to separate the couple by cutting the picture down the middle with a pair of scissors.
But on your free time, try doing it yourselves. She deserves better, Tampa (and America)!
Awesome lefty in Minnesota.
Not much of a stud in Shea and Citi Field.
Should've left Yasmile behind. Am I right, Noo Yawk!? Am. I. Right!?
Jamie in this black and white number is...is...
*Gasping for air*
*Drinking a glass of water*
Catie's not bad-looking, but I do admit that the former Brave and current Met needs a better battery mate.
Jamie and Jeff has a nice ring to it.
Don't you just want to be "covered" with a "Laura" shower?
(Honestly, I don't know what a "Laura shower" is, but I'd sign up for one anyway.)
Cliff, leaving god-awful Cleveland (I'm JOKING, Clevelanders...Jeez...You act as if LeBron James left town or something...[silence] Oh. He did? My bad...) for Philly was a good move.
Philly to Seattle? Meh. How's the Rangers stint going for ya?
Go back to the Pacific and do "Sleepless in Seattle II" with Laura.
She may not be with Mr. Kemp anymore, but she's been around the block a few times (R&B singer Tank, rapper Lil' Wayne).
I'm guessing that my trade partner wouldn't mind one bit.
Our neighbor to the North needs to go down South to pick a hotter babe like Zena.
I've seen Patterson struggle to be the ace that would make the Nationals a perennial N.L. East champion, years before Stephen Strasburg entered the fray.
Thankfully, his woes led to being shipped out and bringing in a breath of fresh air from San Diego. He can leave Shannon in D.C., too. I don't mind.
Mark, you look good with Leigh.
But with Shannon, you look mah-ve-lous!
I'm goin' to Kansas City. Kansas City here I come...
(Um, if you know that I was reciting a 1950s R&B song, cool. If you're thinking otherwise, get your mind out of the gutter!)
You're no longer a fixture in Chicago, Jermaine.
I think you can restart your career by dropping off your baggage in that Toddlin' Town, too.
Just as cute as the original J-Lo, but she will have Mr. Beltrán feel like Jell-O.
Your stats have gone down over the last three years, Carlos.
Check the numbers: 161 games played in 2008, 81 in 2009, in the teens so far this season. 27 HR in '08, 10 in '09, one in '10.
Is it your wife that's bringing you down, or have your injuries caught up with you? Just asking.
Sometimes the fewer words used in a slide, the better.
So, in the words of the movie character Austin Powers: Rowrrrr!
I think that you should bolt Amy and Cleveland just like LeBron did.
OK, that was mean, but...
Cole has been kind of cold since leading the Phillies to their World Series title in 2008.
Will he feel colder when she's traded to this guy down in Baltimore...?
Tricia's OK, but I'm sure the Baltimore Orioles and their right fielder wouldn't have the worst record in the majors if Nick's eye candy were slightly better.
It won't be a bad 'Wife Swap' at all.
The "Dancing With the Stars" professional dancer/choreographer can surely do a mean tango on the heart and soul of Josh.
No disco ball trophy or Bruno Tonioli necessary in this hook-up.
Katie has definitely helped Josh recover from his issues.
However, I can only see one pro baseball troublemaker be completely at peace with a pro dancing troublemaker (see Lopez, Mario; ex-fiance Chmerkovskiy, Maksim).
Despite the heavy toll Jorge's knees take year in and year out as the Yanks' steady catcher since the late 1990s, I'm sure he doesn't mind Laura working his back out in the off season!
He's got even Kyra Sedgwick shaking in her boots since he's been the ultimate closer in the Boogie Down Bronx.
He also wouldn't mind working his back out with his teammate's wife once the trade is done.
Johnny's no longer with Red Sox Nation or the Evil Empire.
Michelle should ditch the outfielder with the weak throwing arm, too.
I channel Hurley from "Lost" here in speaking to Roy: Dude, you're in a new city, new digs, new team. Can't you, um, like, get a better option?
Whether it's Jorge Garcia or Hugo "Hurley" Reyes talking, I wholeheartedly agree with him.
She's with Casey Daigle? Uh...why?
Jennie can literally kick butt on her own, and with her pending retirement from the US Softball National Team she needs a steadier mate (with a better name).
He's been lighting up the nation's capital this summer with his 99, 100-mph fastballs and 91-mph curveballs in his maiden season.
Once he recovers from his shoulder injury that placed him on the 15-day disabled list in July, he'll be even greater with a quality trophy wife who can also pitch!
Can someone tell me why she's still with Scott?
Big Papi deserves a hotter Mami.
And Lisa should be the new Mrs. Ortiz. Comprende?
Who knows if the Bajan R&B beauty and the Dodger center fielder will last forever. (Or have lasted to this day.)
But after that unfortunate domestic incident with Chris Brown, it seems as if she doesn't mind always being under someone else's umbrella-ella-ella...
Andruw hasn't done much in Chi-town (and in L.A. and Texas before that).
I think the crazy-but-hot Rihanna will be a sure pick-me-up to get the "rude boy" back on the right track.
The veteran sitcom/drama actress knows her way so well around baseball players, stadiums and clubhouses.
Even now she still loves taking turns in a special late-night favorite game of hers called Who's the Boss?
I could be wrong by looking solely at this picture, but the 'Say Jay' Kid needs upsies, too, man!
In unrequited love stories, wusses always tell the girl they have the hots for (who got spurned by her boyfriend) that she deserves better, hoping that, in turn, the girl will go out with them.
Well, Danielle, with Nick being with someone else right now...you deserve better. *Wink, wink*
The Mid-West's Capitan will do the Cards and baseball a favor by leaving Deidre (third from the left in this picture) on the Gateway Arch.
Danielle's waiting for you at Busch, No. 5!
She's famous (Victoria's Secret, Sports Illustrated swimsuit goddess, Maxim, yadda yadda yadda).
Don't be surprised if she makes even "Doc" Halladay (more) famous.
"Doc" has a chance to win not only a World Series in the City of Brotherly Love, but it's possible he could clinch the jalapeño-hot ticket in this trade, too.
She needs no introduction, although her husband's career has fizzled worse than a deflated tire lately.
I wonder if she'd still do a "grand slam" on an entire baseball team if she caught Kris cheating on her?
Anna loves New York pitchers.
Since Mr. Pettitte has admitted to steroid use in front of judges and an ever-hungry press, then he'll have no problems with sexy drama queen Anna either.
Q. Why is Big Mac grinning from ear to ear above?
A. Well, being the chronic performance-enhancing drug user that he still is, he forgot that he took a Cialis pill before this photo shoot.
Mrs. McGwire, on the other hand, is generally hot 24/7—with or without her horndog husband around.
It looks like a reasonable trade, Roger + Stephanie, especially seeing that Stephanie has a jones for juicers.
I wonder if it's Debbie's fault that The Rocket, since the steroid/Brian McNamee scandal, will never be able to lift off and revive his tarnished career.
This would be a reasonable trade, Roger + Stephanie.
Maybe it's Lisa's fault that The Rocket, amid the steroid/Brian McNamee scandal, has never been able to lift off and revive his tarnished career.