D-backs' trip provides lofty proposal setting

Team PR man asked for girlfriend's hand in marriage atop Sydney bridge

D-backs' trip provides lofty proposal setting

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' season-opening trip to Sydney, Australia, last year provided media-relations guru Jim Myers a chance to make his proposal to longtime girlfriend Monica Idstein a memorable one.

Myers popped the question when the couple reached the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

"I actually heard several people say that if you do one thing in Sydney, you need to go do the bridge climb," Myers said. "It's an incredible view of the harbor and something that everybody remembers. So I thought it was something that would be special for Monica and something she would remember forever. I had called a few weeks in advance and talked to my tour guide over the phone and worked the whole thing out over the phone. He was an amateur photographer so he said he would help me out."

You're not allowed to carry anything with you on the bridge climb, but the tour guide gave Myers a wristband with a string attached so he could tie it to the ring to prevent the possibility of it falling.

"The whole time going up the bridge, there's a great tour that they give, a lot of good information that they give and I didn't hear a single word our tour guide said on the way up," Myers said. "I was pretty focused at that point. I was honed in on my speech at the top of the bridge. And when it came time to ask her, I had forgotten all of it, I had no idea what I was saying. So I didn't hear any of the tour, and when I got to the top, everything that I had planned to say went right out the window."

Idstein said yes, drawing applause from the D-backs players who were also on the climb.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.