After helping his Astros win the franchise’s first World Series in a Game 7 on Wednesday, could it get any better for Carlos Correa? As it turned out, “Yes.”
Amid the on-field celebration at Dodger Stadium, and while being interviewed by Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal, the Houston shortstop pulled a ring out of his back pocket, got on one knee and asked his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, to marry him. Their passionate kiss provided all the answer that Correa, or viewers at home, needed.
Sure, plenty of Astros players and staff would go on to pop champagne corks after the game, but only one popped the question. As a result, Correa wound up earning two coveted rings Wednesday.
As Correa put it to Rosenthal, it was “another big step in [his] life.” He began the evening helping the Astros break the ultimate series tie with the Dodgers, and ended it set to tie the knot.
“I was planning if we were World Series champions, I was going to do it right there,” Correa said afterward. “I don’t think that’s a stage you can create, it just has to happen. And we were able to win tonight, so perfect timing for me to get engaged.”
Correa, a 23-year-old Puerto Rico native who won the 2015 AL rookie of the year award and earned all-star recognition this year, reportedly began dating Rodriguez in the fall of last year. That was after the 21-year-old Rodriguez, then the reigning Miss Texas USA, threw out the ceremonial first pitch (which didn’t quite make it to the plate, but no matter) before an Astros game in August 2016.
Correa’s dramatic proposal just left one question: Would he have done it if the Astros had lost? “I didn’t have a Plan B, so I’m just glad we won,” he said on Fox Sports 1.
“It was a lot of pressure on me,” Correa, who went 1-for-4 at the plate in Houston’s 5-1 triumph, said of his intention to propose. He added that his teammates and coaches also knew of his plan, so it’s safe to say there was some added pressure on them, as well, to come through in the clutch.
“One of the [clubhouse attendants], I talked to him in the ninth inning and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to jinx anything, but if we get the three outs, please bring me the ring because I am going to get engaged in the ballpark,’ ” Correa said.
Many were reminded Wednesday of Ian Johnson, the Boise State running back who scored the game-winning two-point conversion to topple mighty Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, then went right over to his stunned girlfriend, who happened to be the school’s head cheerleader. That moment was also broadcast live on Fox, with the network’s Chris Myers (who nearly spoiled the moment) saying to the camera, “Does it get any better than this in college football?”
In 2004, Andre Roy of the NHL champion Tampa Bay Lightning was having his allotted day with the Stanley Cup, and he used the opportunity to take the iconic trophy and his girlfriend on a helicopter ride over Quebec. When she looked out the window at one point, he dropped the wedding ring box into the Cup, then popped the question.
More recently, the University of Virginia’s Lauren Coughlin had just won the 2016 ACC golf title when her boyfriend, John Pond, a center on the Cavaliers’ football team, got one knee. In August, Yasemin Adar became the first Turkish female wrestler to win gold at a world championships, then said yes to a marriage proposal made right on the mat.
Congratulations to Correa and Gonzalez, who somehow turned a World Series championship into an even more special night.
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