Lewis' marriage proposal took unplanned detour in 2002

Valentine's Day memory: Rangers pitcher forced to wait 2 weeks with ring before popping question

Lewis' marriage proposal took unplanned detour in 2002

ARLINGTON -- Some marriage proposals don't go as planned but still have a happy ending. That was the case with Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis and his wife, Jenny.

Here is how Jenny remembered it to MLB.com, and it is a story worth retelling in honor of Valentine's Day:

"Colby proposed to me in April 2002. He was in the big leagues with the Rangers at the time. He bought the ring in Bakersfield, [Calif.], and had his parents keep it. When the team played the Angels in Anaheim, myself and both of our families were going to drive up for the series, and unbeknownst to me, he was going to propose with everyone there.

"Just before the buses take the guys to the plane, mind you, Colby was dressed in his suit, packed and ready to go, and manager Jerry Narron called him into his office and sent him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"He was obviously so sad, and had to have the ring sent from California to Oklahoma City. He held onto the ring for two weeks until I was able to take a break from school and fly out to see him. Once I landed in Oklahoma City, he drove me to an empty field, took a walk, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

"After I said yes, he told me it had been the longest two weeks of his life, hanging on to the engagement ring, and then told me the whole story."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.