Typically, this is news we wouldn’t touch on here for a couple reasons. First and foremost, there‘s usually more pressing baseball news that demands our attention. That doesn't apply on a holiday weekend during the offseason, however. Second, rarely are we even made aware of when or where a big league player’s wedding is taking place, let alone many of the details that surrounded it. That also doesn’t apply to Miller’s wedding, because the runner up to the NL Rookie of the Year and his new bride basically retold the entire story of their relationship and wedding to the New York Times.
The 1,400 word feature covers everything, beginning with their courtship when Miller was still working his way through the Cardinals minor league system, to coping with Miller’s disappearance in the postseason, all the way through the wedding itself on Nov 16. It’s a lot of ground to cover, and quite frankly much of the detail is awkward, so we’ll just touch on some highlights and let you decide if it’s worth the investment of your time.
On their initial meeting:
‘They met in June 2011, when he began playing for the Springfield Cardinals, a minor league team; Ms. Peters was a member of its cheering squad. “We had to sign a piece of paper telling us we could not socialize with the players,” she said. “I’ve always been really bad at following rules.”
On the early stages of their relationship:
“I had noticed immediately that Amy was beautiful,” Mr. Miller said, and he was drawn to her lively and outgoing personality. He wasted no time in calling her — despite the fact that he had recently started casually dating someone else.
She, too, found him attractive, but had a boyfriend of three years. That boyfriend, however, had recently taken a job out of state, and she wasn’t ready to give up her life in Springfield to follow him. Besides her cheerleading job, she was enjoying her work at a hair salon.
On the hardships of dating a professional athlete:
Their relationship hit serious bumps during spring training in 2012. “We didn’t know how to handle the baseball life,” he said. Ms. Peters had quit her job at the salon in Springfield, and moved with him to Florida.
“I felt like I was losing my identity,” she said. “It was like I was living Shelby’s life. I was just there for him.”
At the same time, he was struggling with his on-field performance and came home with little energy to interact with Ms. Peters. She moved back to Springfield and returned to work.
On getting back on the same page:
They made time for each other, even for the lighter side of life. She thinks that he had been groomed from an early age (thanks to his three sisters) on how to interact with women. When she wants company for a pedicure or a tanning session, he joins her. “When Amy wants me to be a girlie guy,” he said, “I’m willing to do that for her. It’s fun.”
Indeed much of the content is personal and feels like none of our business, but you at least have to admire the couple's openness and honesty.
To read the full story head over to the New York Times website. The story will run in print on Dec. 1.
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