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) Ryan Merritt did not win the ALCS MVP Award. That went to Andrew Miller and his 14 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in the series. Merritt, however, will not go unrewarded for his boot-shaking effort.
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.
Even the more eclectic gifts:
@jonahkeri wassup with asking for a small deep fryer, though. donuts up in here.- Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) October 19, 2016
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:
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."
As for Sarah, she was equally as blown away by the gesture:
Watch Merritt and the Indians host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday on Fox.