October 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM
The MLB playoff format is such that Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle and his fiancee, Eireann Dolan, could’ve held a destination wedding and gone on a short honeymoon between the end of the regular season on Sunday and Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cubs in D.C. on Friday. Instead, they eloped.
“We had the afternoon off so we eloped and we’ve never been happier,” Dolan tweeted Monday night along with photos from the couple’s small ceremony at Constitution Gardens on the Mall.
Doolittle, who has converted 21 of 22 save opportunities since the Nationals acquired him from the A’s before the trade deadline, replied to his new wife’s tweet with a beautiful poem … and a Borat meme.
Doolittle and Dolan, both of whom have become fan favorites in D.C. over the last two months, followed each other on Twitter before they met. Doolittle’s former teammate with the A’s, pitcher Brandon McCarthy, was working on a comedy-writing project with Dolan in 2012 and told Doolittle he thought they would make a good match. Doolittle asked Dolan on their first date via Twitter direct-message. They got engaged in February, with Doolittle announcing the news on Twitter a few hours after the rock band “Smash Mouth” offered some incentive to pop the question.
“We’d had some random interactions with Smash Mouth before,” Doolittle told the Bay Area News Group after proposing to Dolan. “And they ended up jokingly saying, ‘We’ll play your wedding; what’s taking so long.’ They were egging me on, getting me to propose and we were like, ‘How did they know?’ We were saying if and when we put something on social media, it’s going to look like we did it because that was the final thing that made me come to my senses. We wound up putting something on social media later that day.”
It’s a shame the Redskins couldn’t give Doolittle, a U-Va. graduate and longtime fan of the Burgundy and Gold, a wedding present in the form of a win over the Chiefs on “Monday Night Football,” but it was a happy day nonetheless. There’s still time for a honeymoon.
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