Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa is only 23. But it’s safe to say that Wednesday night is probably going to go down as the best night of his entire life.
Correa and the Astros were able to knock off the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series to give Houston its first World Series win in franchise history. And while that would have been plenty memorable in and of itself and fallen squarely in "best night of my life" territory, Correa wasn’t done.
He apparently decided that he didn’t want to be the only one in his household to get a ring on Wednesday. So while the Astros were celebrating their historic win on the field at Dodger Stadium, Correa got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez, the 2016 Miss Texas USA. "Daniella Rodriguez, will you make me the happiest man in the world?" Correa asked on live TV. "Will you marry me?"
If Rodriguez had, for whatever reason, said no, it could have dramatically altered the way Correa’s night went. But she accepted his proposal, and Correa conducted an interview with ESPN a short time later and explained why he chose Wednesday night as the night to get engaged.
"I was planning if we were World Series champions, I was going to do it right there," he said. "I don’t think that’s a stage you can create, it just has to happen. And we were able to win tonight, so perfect timing for me to get engaged. I’ve been thinking about it for months now, but I was waiting for the perfect opportunity, you know. I knew we had a great team, we could accomplish this, and I wasn’t wrong."
Correa also admitted that he tempted fate, just a bit, by asking one of Houston’s clubhouse workers to fetch the ring for him before the game was over. The Astros were leading 5-1 in the 9th inning at the time, but Correa still took a risk by jumping the gun and telling the clubhouse attendant about the ring before the game ended.
"One of the clubbies, I talked to him in the 9th inning," he said, "and I’m like, 'I don’t want to jinx anything, but if we get the three outs, please bring me the ring because I am going to get engaged in the ballpark.'"
Fortunately, it all worked out for Correa and Rodriguez. And while many people are over the idea of people getting engaged at sporting events, the vast majority of those who stayed up to watch the Astros’ post-game celebration praised Correa for choosing Dodger Stadium as the perfect place to pop the question.
And at the end of it all, Correa summed up his night with these five words: "It doesn’t get any better." Can’t argue with him there.