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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.