First they showered him with champagne, and then with wedding gifts! When Cleveland Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt pitched 4⅓ scoreless innings in Game 5 of the 2016 American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on October 19, he clinched the title for the World Series-bound team. Naturally, fans found a way to thank him— and his fiancee, too.
The team’s thankful fans found Merritt’s wedding page on The Knot, and it didn’t take long before they started showering him and his fiancee, Sarah Brushaber, with gifts. “Go get ‘em, @Indians fans,” sports journalist Jonah Keri tweeted.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 19, 2016
Since then, gift-givers have posted screenshots of their registered purchases for the couple. “Decided to get Ryan a nice, soft pillow to rest his head on after his many future hard-fought wins! #RallyTogether,” one fan expressed.
— CL Guysel (@Browncoat02) October 20, 2016
— Ted Babcock (@tbabbs27) October 19, 2016
— Steve Simpson (@stsimpson22) October 19, 2016
As of Thursday, October 20, 57 of the couple’s 60 registry items had been fulfilled.
“Hopefully we don’t end up with like five Keurigs or something,” Merritt joked to MLB.com on Thursday. When asked what they would do with the extra gifts they receive, the bride-to-be had some ideas.
“I guess return them and have money for groceries? I don’t know. That’s crazy.” Brushaber told the baseball site. “I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
The wedding will take place on January 27, 2017, in Rochester, Minnesota. As for the honeymoon to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia? That was the pitcher’s responsibility.
“I kind of took pride in setting up the honeymoon,” Merritt told MLB.com.
If the rookie pitcher can plan a honeymoon as smoothly as he can pitch scoreless innings, it’ll be a success. “He’s so cute,” Merritt’s future wife added. “That was just really nice that he got all that figured out.”
Filling their registry items is one thing the couple doesn’t have to worry about, as more dedicated Indians fans step up to the plate— one wedding gift at a time.
“Honestly, I can’t even comprehend that kind of support,” Brushaber, who had been in Toronto for the Championship game, concluded. “That people not only care about Ryan’s career, but care about his personal life, is just unbelievable.”