The Anna Benson Show; Wife of Orioles Pitcher Has Quite an Act

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Byline: Thom Loverro, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Anna Benson has one thing in common with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, at least: They are both horse fans.

"I have heard he has a great interest in horses," Benson says. "I love horses myself. I am hoping maybe we could go horse riding. I am not sure if he rides or what, but if he does, I would love to go horse riding with him."

That would be a sight: Peter Angelos and Anna Benson horseback riding together.

Angelos' interest, however, lies in horse racing, not riding. And the chances of Angelos and the wife of new Orioles pitcher Kris Benson having much else in common is a long shot. Very long.

Those who know the Orioles owner suggest he is a bit of a prude. Anna decidedly is not. Angelos has been reluctant to allow the Orioles to accept advertising from Hooters restaurants. Anna is a pistol-packing ex-stripper best known for salacious comments and low-cut outfits.

Kris was traded to the Orioles from the New York Mets last month. Some observers believe the odds are slim that both Bensons will finish the season in Baltimore.

"I don't think they will make it out of spring training," one former club official says.

Another is more optimistic."I think it could become an issue if [Kris] is not performing well or if she does or said something dramatic," he says.

That might depend on the definition of dramatic.

When Kris was traded to the Orioles, Anna declared she was looking forward to "christening the parking lot" at Camden Yards. "That was a joke," she says.

She was criticized last year for appearing in a low-cut Santa costume at a team Christmas party at which children were present.

In a "Scarlett Letter" published on her Web site, www.annabenson.net, she advocated gun ownership and signed the missive "lock and load, Anna 'The cocked gun' Benson." In another letter, she attacked People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and signed off, "Anna 'Animal Murderer' Benson."

While Kris was with the Mets, she negotiated with Playboy to pose in the magazine, though the shoot fell through. When Kris was traded, she publicly criticized newly acquired Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado for his refusal to stand during the playing of "God Bless America" at games.

Of her talks with Playboy and the Mets' reaction to them, she says, "How are they going to sit there and say it's so controversial when they sign someone like Delgado who turns his back on the flag?"

Her politics are as conservative as her approach is subtle.

On her Web site, she wrote a brutal condemnation of filmmaker Michael Moore: "You are a pariah to our nation, the fat kid who got beat up by the jocks at school, and this has formulated your hatred for America."

She also states her strong support for the right to bear arms, citing Gandhi. Yes, that Gandhi.

"Even Gandhi wrote that 'among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.' And who can dispute that Gandhi the Gunner was a great wise man? …