There have been some rumors going around suggesting that Bobby Abreu’s mini-slump in April (.743 OPS .261 avg) may be caused by issues at home. Apparently his fiancÃ©, ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado Fajardo (Venezuelan, like Bobby), was involved in a few scandelous scenes one of her housemates on the Spanish version of the Surreal Life, La Granja (The Farm). Unlike the runaway bride story from this weekend, Abreu has reportedly claimed this breaks his marriage commitments with the ex-Miss Universe.
The exact details of this story are still a bit fuzzy. My research relied on a mix of Spanish gossip sites translated by Bablefish and myself. Nonetheless, family issues can always affect a player’s mojo, especially when amplified by the fact both are international celebrities, living on opposite sides of the Atlantic and scrutinized/worshiped at home in Venezuela. Most likely, some selective editing by the show’s producers sparked a bit of internet controversy and the whole thing’s been blown out of proportion.