A lot of people in this town, and many other towns, are cynical about public proposals at baseball games.
On Wednesday night, though, there was a proposal that even the most hard-hearted grouches might acknowledge was pretty cool.
Just a few minutes after helping the Houston Astros win the World Series, star shortstop Carlos Correa popped the question to his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas pageant winner, told reporters at Dodger Stadium that she had no idea it was coming. Apparently, Correa had been urged to make the move by his mother, and he was plotting a proposal for several weeks. Even Correa’s teammates were in on the scheme: Carlos Beltran, the Astros’ 40-year-old slugger, helped the 23-year-old shortstop pick out the ring.
“All he ever talked about was winning the World Series, so I never really thought something like this would be on his mind, so when it all went down, I was just shocked,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really good at finding stuff out. … I was literally in just the complete dark about this. Everyone knew but me.”
Correa said he gambled and waited for a dramatic finale to the Astros’ first championship year. The bet paid off in the biggest way possible.
Fans across the country watched it all unfold live on TV, as Fox’s broadcast crew was in on the surprise.
1 night, 2 rings. Carlos Correa proposes!
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 2, 2017
In Philadelphia, there was — believe it or not — widespread joy. Yes, the city that still can’t shake its reputation for being a cauldron of crankiness was happy for Correa and Rodriguez. Here’s a look at how fans reacted on Twitter:
Carlos Correa picked a perfect time to propose 😍😍😍😍
— Jensen (@JensenThaMan) November 2, 2017
Carlos Correa just took stadium proposals to another level
— Zach Simon (@SimonsaysTU) November 2, 2017
Carlos Correa is one smooth guy..#WorldSeriesGame7
— Sam Tuero (@Sam_Tuero) November 2, 2017
BEAUTIFUL!!! CONGRATS TO CARLOS CORREA ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL FIANCÉ !!!
— Séamus Doyle (@saintseamus) November 2, 2017
❤️OMG Carlos Correa with the World Champion marriage proposal❤️
— Adam Woods (@adamewoods) November 2, 2017
Carlos Correa just proposed to his girlfriend during a post game interview after winning a World Series. Definition of a gentleman.
— Taylor Snyder (@redsoxsnyder) November 2, 2017
that proposal was SO DARN CUTE OH MY GOODNESS #astros
— liv♡ (@brutallybieber) November 2, 2017
Just watched the best proposal I've ever seen. Literally a dream proposal @TeamCJCorrea
— Jack Lawson (@TheBoulLawson) November 2, 2017
I get anxiety calling in a food order and Carlos Correa just played a Game 7 while planning to propose after the game.
— Timothy Rapp (@TRappaRT) November 2, 2017
Carlos Correa is officially the best player in baseball rn. That man is a role model
— Alex Murphy (@Alex_MurphyUMD) November 2, 2017
This article contains information from the Associated Press.