There was no backup plan for Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who proposed to longtime girlfriend Danielle Rodriguez moments after his team was crowned World Series champions on Wednesday, November 1.
“I really wanted to do it, I was waiting for a long time to do it,” Correa said Friday as he called into the Today show. “I knew we had potential in our team so I was waiting it out. And we were able to win.”
Moments after clinching the World Series title, Correa dropped to one knee on live television and presented Rodriguez with a ring. “Daniella Rodriguez, will you make me the happiest man in the world? Will you marry me?” he asked as Fox Sports cameras documented the moment. The stunned beauty queen, the 2016 Miss Texas USA, immediately jumped over a barricade, and kissed the athlete.
The footage of the intimate (and rather emotional) moment has since gone viral. “For me that was plan A,” Correa said Friday. “And I’m glad it worked because I didn’t have a plan B.”
Had the Astros lost, Correa would not have proposed there and then. Instead, he would’ve selected a more romantic spot. “I guess I would have done something on the beach or something,” he said.
After the engagement, the future bride took to Instagram and wrote, “We both came out of game 7 with a ring God blessed me with such an incredible man! Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my soulmate/best friend!!! #2Rings1Night.”
Rodriguez, 21, told Carson Daly on Friday that she was “shocked” by his gesture. “It was something that I never imagined him doing—especially there,” she said. “He was so focused on all those games that when he just got down on one knee, I was like, ‘What?’”
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Correa confirmed that baseball was a hot topic between the couple in the months leading up to the win. “The only thing I was talking about during those days was baseball, baseball, baseball,” Correa added. “It was game 7. I was laser focused on just playing baseball that she never thought I was going to propose at this point.”
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