For Love of the Game: Ross Perez Proposes in Pensacola

Blue Wahoos catcher Ross Perez kisses his fiancee Smirna Flores after Friday's pregame proposal.

Blue Wahoos catcher Ross Perez kisses his fiancee Smirna Flores after Friday’s pregame proposal.

Ross Perez is enjoying a record season with the Blue Wahoos.

After winning out the starting job in May, the catcher caught fire at the plate to the tune of a .335 average over 71 games. From a franchise-best six RBI on June 13 to the longest hitting streak of his professional career, the Reds organizational newcomer has benefitted from the change of scenery. Ross Perez has loved Pensacola, and the city has loved him back.

Before Friday’s game, a player married to the game for nine years asked the love of his life to marry him. These photos tell a better story than I ever could:

Smirna Flores thought she was just throwing a ceremonial first pitch to her boyfriend. But Perez, who had a hidden ball in his glove, had other plans. Opening the modified ball to reveal an elaborate ring, he popped the question to thunderous applause and an enthusiastic yes.

Flores played matchmaker on May 19 when Perez was reunited with his father Santiago. It was the first time his father saw him play professionally. This time, the longtime couple shared the occasion with the Flores family, including his mother and aunt.

In a season of phenomenal numbers, the two top highlights of his year won’t be found in any record books. In fact, his personal-best 13-game hitting streak came to an end last night.

Now, Ross starts a far more important streak: the first day in blissful union with his fiancée.

Special thanks to team photographer Michael Spooneybarger for these unforgettable photos.

Mr. and Mrs. Perez

1 Comment

That was one of the BEST days of my life! I love those two so much! What a joy to be a part of it! Smirna has become like a granddaughter to me…

Kourage… I was talking to your parents last night and they told me how excited you are about starting your college career. I am so proud of you! I have watched you grow so much in the past 6 years or so. Your parents raised an amazing man! I so enjoy reading your blogs. You have a very unique and wonderful style and I hope those professors won’t spoil that. Please know I pray for you every day and that I wish you all the best, many blessings, and good luck in school… BIG HUGS, Ro

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