Reds Minor Leaguer Bryson Smith uses player status to pull off perfect on-field proposal
Ah, the ballpark proposal.
You've no doubt seen an in-stadium proposal at some point in your baseball-watching life, and your opinion of such a spectacle can range from full support to rolling your eyes. It tends to elicit strong opinions from folks.
Enter Reds Minor League outfielder Bryson Smith. After months of meticulous planning, Smith waited for the final out of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos' win on Saturday night for his moment -- despite a wave of butterflies in his stomach.
When asked by MiLB.com's Tyler Maun about how long he's been waiting to make his move, Smith's answer was … pretty perfect:
You see, his plan involved inviting his longtime girlfriend Raphaelle onto the field after the game … something that didn't go as planned at first.
As Smith explained:
Here's some great eyewitness video of the proposal, courtesy of Eric Wallace of the Pensacola News Journal:
As you might imagine, Smith was consumed with his task at hand for much of the evening:
Despite his understandable distraction from the game itself, Smith managed to walk in addition to an 0-for-2 night at the plate. Given the circumstances, that's impressive.