National League Most Valuable Player presents ring to girlfriend of four years
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In a year of great accomplishments for Andrew McCutchen, one word from his girlfriend, Maria Hansloven, topped them all.
Appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday, McCutchen introduced a video about rounding the bases in their relationship, brought Hansloven on stage, gave some heartfelt thoughts and got down on one knee.
"She said yes!" DeGeneres would announce soon afterward.
Yes, the National League Most Valuable Player has started a new chapter in his life, getting engaged to his girlfriend of four years on national television.
Following a video in which he described the years of their time together by stepping on each base before heading home, McCutchen delivered a speech to Hansloven that made it hard for her to say no.
"I've always envisioned that I would be on the highest mountain in the world and that my voice would be as loud as a lion's roar times a billion so the whole world could hear me just tell you how much that I love you," McCutchen said, standing on stage with Hansloven seated next to DeGeneres. "I didn't do any of this for the publicity; I didn't do any of this for the recognition. I did this to show you that if I could tell the whole world how much that I love you, I would do that."
With that, McCutchen got down on one knee to the delight of the studio audience, and DeGeneres relayed the positive response from Hansloven to all.
DeGeneres presented Hansloven with roses, and then broke out a veil for her and a top hat for McCutchen -- both emblazoned with the Pirates' "P" logo.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnSchlegelMLB.