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Quite a catch: Padres' Norris recounts All-Star proposal

'I don't think I could have drawn it up any better'

Padres catcher Derek Norris, who proposed to his girlfriend last year during All-Star weekend (he was in the game, as a member of the A's), tells the story of the special day in honor of Valentine's Day:

"We flew from Seattle on a private charter that [Scott] Kazmir helped pay for, and got to the hotel where I met my mom, my host mom from A-ball and my high school coach's wife. My mom gave me the ring I had made up [previously]. I knew I had to do it that night.

"We got back up to the room and I proposed to her [Kristen], and we ordered up some champagne. I wanted to propose on a special weekend, and I'm not one who wants the limelight for me; I wanted to make the weekend more than just about me. I didn't think I would be as nervous as I was. But I don't think I could have drawn it up any better. I got engaged, I got to see my teammate [Yoenis Cespedes] win the Home Run Derby and I got a hit in the All-Star Game."

The two plan to get married in 2016.

Corey Brock is a reporter for
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