by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

Pitch Perfect

David and Nina Wells, along with their sons Brandon and Lars, seem to have found a perfect blend of baseball, music, and family fun. David, a retired Major League Baseball player, is best known for pitching a perfect game during his career with the New York Yankees, and both Brandon and Lars play the sport as well. However, the shared family interests don’t stop at the baseball field. “We absolutely love music. Going to concerts is probably one of our favorite family outings, and both boys play instruments – the guitar for Brandon and the drums for Lars,” related Nina, who laughingly admits that music is usually blaring from the Wells home.


Although Nina and David have lived in Fairbanks Ranch for more than 10 years, they met in her hometown of Tampa Bay, FL while David was playing professional baseball. David may be retired from the MLB, but the sport is still a huge part of his daily life. “David is currently managing the baseball program and coaching the varsity team for his alma mater, Point Loma High School. David is also in the process of forming the Perfect 33 Foundation. This organization recently hosted its second annual golf classic to benefit the Point Loma High School baseball program,” stated Nina, a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Carmel Valley/Del Mar. Her business, Diamond Estates Realty, has a specific client niche of current and retired professional athletes.

family_wells4Baseball is definitely a family affair, with Brandon pitching throughout his high school career at Westview High School. “Brandon is in his last semester of college at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. He’ll return in the spring to be the varsity pitching coach at Scripps Ranch High School,” revealed Nina. Lars, who is a junior at Santa Fe Christian, also plays baseball. His true passion, however, is music. According to Nina, Lars has been playing the drums since the very young age of two-and-a-half and hopes to earn a master’s degree in music.


Being outdoors is also a favorite pastime for the Wells family. “We own a hunting ranch in Michigan and keep a fishing boat docked at the Kona Kai marina on Shelter Island. We are truly an outdoorsy family, from hunting to fly fishing and camping in our RV,” said Nina. She and David also enjoy golf, frequently playing the many courses in Rancho Santa Fe.

Parents: Nina and David Wells
Children: Brandon (23, Eastern Nazarene College), Lars (16, Santa Fe Christian)
Community: Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch
Hometowns: David – Ocean Beach; Nina – Tampa Bay, FL
Occupations: David – Retired MLB Player, current varsity head coach at Point Loma High School; Nina – Real Estate Salesperson
Pets: Dogs – Bochy, Coco, Nugget, and Annie (three were rescues from Helen Woodward Animal Center); a talking African grey parrot
Favorite Local Spots: Any golf course. We love the french fries at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the calamari at Delicias Restaurant, and the pie at Thyme at the Ranch.