Indians fans find Ryan Merritt's wedding registry and show their gratitude

Liz Roscher

It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours for Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ryan Merritt. He was called on to start Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, he turned in a brilliant 4.1 innings, he’s headed to the World Series, and now he has a bunch of stuff from his wedding registry.

That last thing doesn’t quite sound like it belongs, but it totally does. After Merritt shut down the Toronto Blue Jays, deliriously grateful Indians fans found the wedding registry that belongs to Merritt and his fianceé Sarah Brushaber. So they did the only thing that makes sense: they started buying things on the list. And when they talked to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the couple was pretty overwhelmed by such an unexpected outpouring of generosity.

“Honestly, we didn’t really believe it at first,” Sarah said. “We just kind of thought it was out there and people knew about it, but it’s just unreal. That was just the last thing we expected to come out of this. It’s just crazy. Honestly, I can’t even comprehend that kind of support. That people not only care about Ryan’s career, but care about his personal life, is just unbelievable.”

The Indians may have won three games without Merritt, but the game he pitched got them to their first World Series 1997. So of course fans are going to be insanely grateful. But it’s rare that fans get a chance to actually demonstrate that gratitude, and Merritt’s wedding registry is giving them that chance.

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Ryan Merritt #54 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate with his teammates in the locker room after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 3 to 0 in game five to win the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Ryan Merritt celebrates the Indians’ Game 5 win with — what else? — cowboy boots. (Getty Images)

So what do these soon-to-be-newlyweds have to look forward to? Here are a few items that have been purchased by generous Tribe fans.

Muffin tins are always a great gift! And these vacuum supplies aren’t flashy, but they’re completely useful.

A fancy glass water bottle and a $60 pillow? Ryan and Sarah have great taste. But what do you do if everything you can afford has already been bought?

And these awesomely named serving bowls are just too perfect.

Party at Merritt’s house!

This whole thing is perfect storm of awesomeness. Merritt pitches a great game, fans find his wedding registry, and so fans show him their love with bowls and towels. At this rate, Ryan and Sarah’s house will be filled with evidence of his amazing Game 5 performance.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on twitter! Follow @lizroscher