Walters recounts how he hit home run with proposal in '14

'She didn't answer right away. She just started crying'

Walters recounts how he hit home run with proposal in '14

Zach Walters had his proposal planned out perfectly. The Indians outfielder found the ideal spot in Montana -- a picturesque landscape worthy of a painting -- and even had his grandparents in on the secret. On Nov. 6, Walters dropped to one knee and popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Colby.

For a few minutes, though, Walters wondered if his plan backfired.

"We were up at a big ranch up there," Walters recalled. "There's this river with a bridge and there's a log cabin right in front of the river. So, I took her over to the cabin and walked across the bridge. She had no idea. She wasn't expecting it. I stopped halfway on the bridge over the water. She kind of kept walking. I told her to stop and she turned around. I said her full name and got down on a knee. She didn't answer right away. She just started crying."

The waterworks then lasted a little long for Walters' comfort.

"She didn't answer me for a good four or five minutes. She just cried the whole time," he said. "I was just like, 'OK, did I do something wrong?' Finally, after it was kind of awkward, I said, 'So, what's the answer?' She just came over and gave me a hug and cried on my shoulder. I was like, 'All right, I think that's a yes.'"

While Colby hugged Walters, his grandmother snapped a photo. Here's hoping Colby has a swifter response if Walters asks her to be his Valentine this weekend.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.