Here's a good thing about the disappointing 2013 season that kept the Toronto Blue Jays out of the postseason — it allowed catcher J.P. Arencibia to pop the question sooner to girlfriend Kimberly Perry.
Perry is the lead singer of popular country trio The Band Perry (whom you may know from their biggest hit, "If I Die Young"). The story of the couple's romance includes Arencibia seeing the band's "If I Die Young" video and feeling an immediate connection to Perry. Arencibia lives in Nashville in the offseason and managed to get backstage at a concert to meet Perry.
They dated for 20 months before Arencibia arrived at the Perry family home Monday night in Greeneville, Tenn., to propose. Here's the story of how it went down, via The Tennessean:
Perry’s family moved to Greeneville onto a 15-acre spread grounded by a large oak tree when she was a teenager. Perry said that from the first time she saw the tree, she hoped that “if I get proposed to in this life, I hope it happens underneath this tree.”
Perry thought her family was meeting to go to dinner, but when they called her to come outside, Arencibia was standing under the oak tree. “I saw that and I thought, ‘This is really happening,’ ” she said.
Her mother sent her back in the house to put on her favorite pink dress — one that Perry had previously said that if she were to get engaged, that was what she wanted to wear. When Perry got to the room she found her dress, a letter from her family and a bracelet that her grandfather and given her grandmother “way back in the day” when they started dating.
“I got to read the letter and get dressed and put on my grandfather’s bracelet,” she said. “I came back out on the front porch and he was standing there and he got down on one knee. It was perfect.”
Sounds like Arencibia, who didn't have a good year at the plate — .194/.227/.365 — at least managed to hit a home run in the proposal-planning department.
And now, ladies of Toronto, sorry to say, but you and your sexually suggestive T-shirts are going to have to move on. Maybe Brett Lawrie needs some love.