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After winning College World Series, Vanderbilt player proposes to girlfriend

Mike Oz
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Vanderbilt won the College World Series, then one of its players proposed. (AP)

Vanderbilt University — the pitching powerhouse that produced David Price and Sonny Gray — won its first College World Series on Wednesday, beating Virginia 2-1 in the title game.

One of the team's relief pitchers, Brian Miller, didn't appear in the clincher, but he did clinch something else, the heart of his girlfriend and surely other ladies who were watching. While Vandy players celebrated their victory, Miller, a 22-year-old junior, dropped to his knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Megan Bonds.

Obviously Miller had this planned out. How else would he have had the ring? But he had planned for longer than you might think. In fact, teammate Tyler Beede got Miller to vow at the start of the season that if the Commodores won the College World Series, Miller would propose. 

The rest of the story, per InsideVandy.com:

Beede brought it up multiple times to Miller before the Commodores made it to Super Regionals, and Miller started shopping for rings. Once he bought the ring and Vanderbilt reached the National Championship Series, Miller gave the ring to trainer Chris Ham for safekeeping.

“I just said ‘You keep this during the championship series, and if I need it, just give it to me,’” Miller said. “I didn’t want to think about it during the game. I just decided if we don’t win I won’t do it, but if we do, I’m definitely doing it.”

Miller was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the MLB draft earlier this month. Not a bad month — drafted, engaged and he won a College World Series. 

BLS H/N: The Sporting News

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