Published January 17, 2012
'Baseball Wives' star Anna Benson keeps her enemies close, and her husband closer.
In 2004, she shocked Howard Stern by announcing on his radio show that if her husband, Major League Baseball pitcher Kris Benson, ever cheated on her, she'd sleep with everyone on the Mets (her husband’s team at the time) from the owner right on down to the batboy.
Almost a decade later, Benson still insists that her husband stay faithful, declaring that open marriages between athletes and their wives are largely a myth. “Normal people don’t do that – and we’re normal people,” Benson told Fox411. “I’m not going to be like, ‘Oh yeah, you can bang however many skanks you want.’ No girl I know would do that, and no baseball wife I know would have that kind of agreement with her husband.”
Benson keeps things interesting in the bedroom to prevent her husband’s eye from wandering. “I think that being willing to try new stuff, like dress up, do your hair and make-up all crazy, play a role or whatever – that’s the best way to do it,” explained Benson. “Because guys are pigs.... So, if you’re a different girl all the time, then that keeps them at least mostly interested.”
Benson, who has been married to her husband for 12 years, says wedded life isn’t always bliss. “We’re always up and down. We’re actually down right down,” admitted Benson. “But marriage goes in waves. You’ve got to be patient. People bail and give up on their marriages way too early. They just don’t put the work and the effort into it. You’ve got to suck up your ego a lot of times, because that can be a big downfall.”
The Bensons have even attended counseling sessions to help with their marriage. “We’ve had several significant points where it was either that or divorce, and we took the counseling route,” said Benson. “It works! The first appointment that you go to, if you get someone decent, you feel so much better. Like, you learn so quickly different ways of handling stuff, it’s not even funny. I want to see more people try that route. If you can’t afford a counselor, go to your priest – they’ll counsel you.”
Despite her wild reputation, Benson claims to be just a good, old-fashion girl at heart. “I’m very traditional, believe it or not. Born and raised in the South,” she said. “My daughters are not allowed to date until they’re at least 16, and I’m going to make it 18 for the next one.”
How does Momma Benson lay down the law? “I pay the f***ing bills, that’s how I do it,” she said of her no-nonsense parenting style. “You want to f***ing eat? I’m real hardcore. My kids better be scared of me. They don’t talk to me like I’m one of their friends. And their grades better not be less than a ‘B’– ever.”
And if Benson has her way, her kids won’t be having premarital sex. “I don’t agree with it, because I had premarital sex, and I had a baby when I was 17 years old,” said Benson. “I think that you should wait for your partner.”
While Benson keeps things in check at home, she can’t control what happens on the set of 'Baseball Wives.' She says you can expect more fireworks between her and another baseball wife before the season ends later this year on VH1. “There is one wife who turns out to be a complete back-stabber,” said Benson. “It’s one thing to jokingly say something about a person, but when you slander a person, it’s a completely different ball game – people get sued for that. I can’t get into it, but it’ll all come out on the show. At this point, I’m rather concerned for her, because I think she has some deeply personal issues going on. I wish her no malice, however – I just really would rather never hear her name again.”
But when it comes to her enemies, Benson is nothing if not crafty. Recently, she bought the domain names cheriknoblauch.com and jordanalenz.com, two of her “Baseball Wives” costars. “Now, they redirect to my web site, annabenson.net,” laughs Benson. “They didn’t think to get ‘em before I did!”
Because domain squatting is the best revenge.