At least one member of the Seattle Mariners is making the most of his time in Tokyo, Japan for the team’s season-opening series with the Oakland Athletics. Infielder Brendan Ryan seized the perfect moment presented to him while in an exotic locale by proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Sharyn.
On Tuesday, Ryan took Sharyn to the Sky Deck on the 90th floor of Mori Tower to pop the question. Telling his girlfriend that they were going on a tour and needed to get dressed up, Ryan, with the ring he bought in the United States on him and ready to set a plan into action that he had kept secret for months, here’s how he described the moment (via MLB.com):
“I had this planned for quite a while,” said Ryan. “Once I heard we were going to Japan, I figured it was a pretty cool opportunity. Then MLB heard about it and stepped in and rolled out the red carpet for us and it was just awesome.
“We got up there at sunset so it was starting to get dark and you could see the lights of the city and the Tokyo Tower was lit up,” he said. “It was perfect.”
How romantic. Ryan, then on bended knee, asked his longtime gal pal to marry him. But did she say yes?
“She didn’t answer at first,” he said. “I’d instilled in her that we’d be close to 40 when that would happen, so she was pretty shocked. But after 5-10 seconds, she finally gave me an answer, which of course was yes.
“I said, ‘Are you going to put this thing on or what?’ She took the box and just held on to it and grabbed me. I said, ‘I think you’re supposed to put this thing on.’ I was afraid it wouldn’t fit, but it did.”
Well done, Brendan Ryan. If I know one thing about women — which might be a stretch — it’s that they treasure a memorable proposal story that they can relive when they tell acquaintances about it for years to come. I’d say Ryan nailed it with this one.