NICE GAME, PRETTY BOY
Mets swinger Keith brags of hookup with ‘Housewife’
METS GREAT Keith Hernandez scored with a Real Housewife of New York City. The former infielder got to first base, and maybe more, with reality star Luann de Lesseps for “a brief moment” before she married Count Alexandre de Lesseps in 1993.
“I met her in Manhattan somewhere, I forget, and she was absolutely gorgeous,” Hernandez said Wednesday on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.” “I chased her like a hound.” Cohen asked, “And you got her?” “When they waved me home from third,” Hernandez laughed. Hernandez, 64, described the relationship as a “friends with benefits” situation. He didn’t specify when their romance took place. just that it happened “before she was a countess.” De Lesseps, 52, was married to Alexandre, a French businessman, for 16 years until their divorce in 2009. She later married Thomas D’Agostino Jr. in 2016. They split the following year. Meanwhile, Hernandez — who played 17 seasons, including seven with the Mets — was married to his first wife, Sue, from 1979 to 1983. He married his second wife, Kai, in 2005, but revealed in a 2015 New York Times profile that that marriage was “kaput.”
The former first baseman’s big reveal follows the release of his memoir “I’m Keith Hernandez,” which hit shelves Tuesday. The book details the San Francisco native’s rise through the minor leagues and ascension to the Mets Hall of Fame. In between, he made five all-star appearances, won two World Series and finished 1979 as the National League Most Valuable Player and batting champion. Hernandez, known for his sense of humor, also appeared on a 1992 episode of “Seinfeld,” in which he briefly dates the Elaine Benes character played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Wayne Knight, who played Newman, famously taunts Hernandez with the phrase “Nice game, pretty boy” in a flashback scene that’s pivotal to that episode’s plotline.
Mets announcer and former star player Keith Hernandez (right) told of a 1993 fling with future “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Luann de Lesseps (far right).