How did Carlos Correa pull it off? No, not his World Series victory for the Houston Astros—what came after. Following the win, Correa whipped out a diamond engagement ring and proposed to his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez on national television. So, how'd he do it? Did Correa have a proposal plan B if his team didn't take the victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers? And the big question: Was he really playing the entire game with that giant ring in his pocket?
After the Astros were crowned World Series champs last week, a Fox Sports reporter asked the star shortstop if winning the World Series was everything he thought it would be. "It's everything and more," Correa replied. "It's one of the biggest steps of my life, one of the biggest accomplishments of my life and right now I'm about to take another big step in my life." Correa then turned to his girlfriend who was waiting behind a nearby crowd barrier. “Daniella Rodriguez,” he said, pulling a large, pear-shaped diamond sparkler from his pocket. “You make me the happiest man in the world. Will you marry me?” Rodriguez said yes (duh), and now her fiancé is spilling all the proposal deets.
"I was waiting for the right time to do it,'' Correa told TODAY's Carson Daly, revealing that he was planning to propose after his then-potential World Series win for the past month. "I knew we had championship potential in our team, so I was waiting it out."
"For me, it was Plan A," he said. "I didn't have a Plan B." But suppose the Los Angeles Dodgers did win against Correa's team? "I guess, 'Let's go to the beach,' or something,'' Correa joked.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez didn't have the slightest idea that her love was planning to pop the question. "The only thing I was telling her about during those days was baseball, baseball, baseball. It was Game 7," said the World Series champ. "I was laser-focused on just playing baseball that she would have never thought I was going to propose at that point."
"I honestly was [surprised],'' Rodriguez confirmed. "It was something that I never imagined him doing, especially there."
Especially considering that it seemed like the Astros shortstop played the entire game with a ring in his pocket, we'd be surprised too! But as it turns out, Correa wasn't carrying around that huge sparkler the whole night. He had actually given the ring box to a clubhouse attendant, instructing him to slip him the ring if he won.
"It would have been a good story if I said I had it through the whole game," Correa said. "Way too big for the pocket."
Subtle humble brag, Correa!