HOUSTON -- The last thing Astros outfielder Alex Presley wanted was a lot of commotion surrounding his engagement. So when his parents were away from their home in Louisiana when he was visiting last Christmas Eve and all was quiet, Presley decided it was the perfect time to pop the question to his girlfriend, Janelle Durany.
First, he had to devise a plan, which meant trying to coerce his girlfriend into a room so she could wrap his presents while he hung the ring on the Christmas tree.
Easier said than done.
"She wouldn't go and I was getting frustrated," Presley said. "I was going to take the ring and hang it on the tree with a piece of twine or something. She finally went back there and I picked it up and put it on the tree.
"It's all lit up and you can't even see that it's on there. I could have left it on there for the entire time we were there. I put it on there, and I was like, 'I hope I can find this thing.' You really couldn't see it. I knew I had to get her by the tree."
When she emerged from the room with an armful of wrapped presents, she figured something was suspicious because Presley was standing near the tree and hadn't wrapped a thing.
"She was putting my stuff under the tree, and I felt kind of weird standing by her, standing by the tree," he said. "I said, 'When do you want to exchange our gifts?' She's like, 'I don't care, just whenever.' I said, 'How about right now?' I found the ring and grabbed it off [the tree] and I did it right there. That's the story."
The couple will be married in November.
"That's nothing super flashy, but it's low key," he said. "I didn't want to do it like that in front of people. Actually, it worked out nice as far as that goes. She was excited. She wasn't really expecting it."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.