Indians fans rewarded Ryan Merritt's ALCS start by buying him gifts off his wedding registry
Despite pitching 4 1/3 shutout innings for the Indians in their 3-0 win in pennant-clinching ALCS Game 5 (while having just a single career start under his belt)
Indians fans found what appears to be Merritt's wedding registry during the game and, accordingly, went bananas fulfilling it. So, Merritt and his fiancée Sarah no longer have to worry about whether they're going to get the muffin tins, waffle maker and ironing board they wanted.
In fact, more than half of the listed gifts seem to be taken care of.
no brainer. a few of us had to go in on one of those Napoli serving bowls. pic.twitter.com/vIVsLAqjEO— tobytobitobe (@tobytobitobe) October 20, 2016
Hey, @jonahkeri, looks like Ryan Merritt and his bride to be are gonna be well stocked with pizza cutters. Good job. pic.twitter.com/9GpBmdQgJM— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) October 20, 2016
Even the more eclectic gifts:
Clearly, Indians fans really appreciated his performance and rewarded him as such.
Merritt was as surprised about this development as you might expect, as he didn't believe it was really happening:
"Two or three hours after the game, somebody kind of like said something to me, but ... I didn't know if it was real or not."
When he realized that it was, in fact, happening -- that strangers were buying things on the registry before their friends could -- they decided to enjoy it and, "take it in, moment by moment."
"It's awesome and great to get the support from everybody ... it's great to be a part of it."
As for Sarah, she was equally as blown away by the gesture:
"I can't even comprehend that kind of support ... just that people not only care about Ryan's career, but care about his personal life. It's just, like, unbelievable."
Watch Merritt and the Indians host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday on Fox.