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Blue Jays prospect hits walk-off home run, proposes to girlfriend

- July 8th, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Andy Burns pulled off a big-time double play Sunday.

The double-A New Hampshire shortstop hit a 10th-inning walk-off home run against Trenton. Later that day, he proposed to his girlfriend Kate Schmeling on a beach about 45 minutes away from the stadium. She said yes.

It was the highlight of the night.

“It’s really surreal,” Burns told MiLB.com. “It couldn’t happen any better.”

Thing is, the proposal wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment plan. Sunday was Schmeling’s 23rd birthday and Burns recruited teammates to help him build things up to its dramatic conclusion. Schmeling received 23 roses throughout the day, some from Burns and some from others during the game.

“Each one had a reason why I loved her on it,” Burns said.

The home run was just a coincidence.

“Once I hit home plate, one of my buddies said, ‘Now you’ve got to go propose.’ That’s 100 times bigger than any game could ever be,” he said.

After dinner, while Burns and his fiancee-to-be were walking along the shore, he presented a 24th rose along with a ring.

“The 24th one, it said: ’23 reasons why I want to marry you,’ ” Burns said. “I gave her the 24th rose and got on one knee.”

A game-winning home run and an engagement.

Perfect end to a perfect day.

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2 comments

  1. DGA | July 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    That’s pretty sweet!

  2. Ray | July 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

    maybe the Jays should consider bringing him for the Tampa series. Sit one of our so-called stars. What is there to lose?

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