NICE GAME, PRETTY BOY

Mets swinger Keith brags of hookup with ‘House­wife’

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY PETER SBLENDORIO

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).

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