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Wife of Tanner Scheppers makes Anna Benson reference while campaigning for Final Vote

Mark Townsend
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With the Final Vote entering the final 24 hours late Wednesday afternoon, Ashley Scheppers, wife of Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers, took to Twitter to give her husband's campaign on the American League one last boost, and in the process made what I'm sure she intended to be an innocent reference to the bizarre incident involving Anna Benson and former major league pitcher Kris Benson.

For those who may not be aware of the story, Anna Benson allegedly attempted to raid her soon-to-be-ex husband's apartment on Sunday night with a gun while wearing a bulletproof vest and demanding money. On Monday, Benson was arrested and booked on trespassing, assault and gun-possession charges, and on Wednesday, The New York Post reported these new details of the incident, including how Kris Benson escaped the situation and Anna Benson's explanation for wearing the bulletproof vest.

Former Mets pitcher Kris Benson calmly fled from his gun-wielding, bullet-proof-vest-wearing wife after she asked him for a cigarette light, according to 911 recordings made public today.

Crazed “Baseball Wife” Anna Benson allegedly confronted the right-hander Sunday night at his Georgia house and then asked for a smoke, allowing him a base path out of this jam.

“She told me to go get a lighter for her to smoke a cigarette,” Kris Benson told a 911 dispatcher. “When I left the room, I just did a beeline for the basement.”

As for Anna Benson's explanation.

Anna Benson told The Post yesterday that she still loves the former Mets pitcher.

“I’m a good girl, a nice girl,’’ insisted the buxom ex-stripper, who now says she wants to start a bulletproof-vest company. “I would never hurt [Kris]. I am still in love with him.”

Obviously this is a very troubling situation, and perhaps even one that shouldn't be made light of given the frame of mind Anna Benson appears to be in these days.

That said, I did get a chuckle out of Ashley Scheppers' tweet originally and don't believe it was intended to be callous in any way. Her husband has an opportunity to be an All-Star this season, something I'm sure she didn't believe was possible considering his role as a middle reliever — all five candidates in the AL Final Vote are relievers, for the record — and perhaps in her enthusiasm she did get a little carried away.

Hey, it happens. I'm not going to hold it against her.

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