FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Days after hurling divorce papers at her husband, smoking baseball wife Anna Benson has decided to give him an intentional pass.
After a weekend in seclusion at her suburban Atlanta mansion, the ex-stripper rescinded her divorce petition against former Mets pitcher Kris Benson, her lawyer said yesterday.
Just hours after The Post caught a glimpse of the brunette bombshell — looking haggard and weary as she sat with two friends on the steps of her $2 million gray stucco mansion — Anna decided to try and salvage the marriage despite the alleged infidelity of her hubby.
Anna had called it quits amid reports that Kris — traded in the off-season to the Baltimore Orioles — got well past first base with one of her gorgeous friends. Yesterday, she had lawyer Jeffrey Bogart withdraw the divorce petition she filed Thursday night in Georgia Superior Court in Atlanta.
"She expresses her love for her husband and her sincere desire to reconcile their marriage," Bogart said.
"I think Anna did some soul-searching over the weekend and decided that she wanted to make every effort to repair her marriage. Hopefully, Kris feels the same way."
But patching things up may be a long and agonizing process if Anna's heart-wrenching behavior in the past few days is any indication of her pain.
On Friday, after saying their seven-year marriage was "irretrievably broken," and asking for custody of their two kids — as well as alimony, child support and half the marital estate — Anna retreated to her massive digs in the ultra-posh Sandy Springs community.
She remained secluded for three days as friends and family members, including her mom, shuttled in and out around the clock to console her.
And she was so overcome with grief, she didn't have the energy to take her kids shopping — delegating that task to pals. Anna has two children with Kris — Paul James, 9, and Haylee Love, 5 — and another, Alyssa, 13, from a short-lived teen marriage.
Finally, on Monday afternoon, the same time Kris watched his new team win its season opener 9-6 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the usually flamboyant and vivacious stunner emerged — and her appearance was jolting.
A wilted shadow of herself, Anna, 30, in a baggy white dress and large, dark sunglasses that hid her red, tear-filled eyes, slowly sat down on the front steps.
In the next few hours she made the choice to try to save her shattered marriage.
"She did a lot of thinking and she decided she really wants to try to make it work," a close friend told The Post. "It's been a trying time for her."
Said another observer, "She's just a girl whose boy broke her heart."