For Pete's Sake

Indians pitcher sent thank-you note to fans who bought up wedding registry

Cleveland Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt pitching against the Royals last September.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt pitching against the Royals last September. jsleezer@kcstar.com

One of the fun stories from baseball’s postseason last year was how Indians fans caught wind of rookie pitcher Ryan Merritt’s impending marriage and bought out the wedding registry.

Merritt had made four big-league appearances and one big-league start (against the Royals on Sept. 30) when he got the start in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Indians won 3-0 and clinched the AL pennant. Merritt allowed two hits in 4 1/3 innings against the high-powered Blue Jays offense.

A Cleveland fan found the wedding registries and it was shared on social media. Others began to buy up the gifts from Target and Pottery Barn.

“Two or three hours after the game, somebody kind of like said something to me, but ... I didn’t know if it was real or not,” Merritt told MLB.com.

However, shortly after that, the registries went private, but that doesn’t mean that Merritt and his bride to be, Sarah, aren’t grateful. The couple sent thank-you notes to those Indians fans who bought gifts for their wedding, which is later this month.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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