Brewlyweds in the Offseason
This offseason was a busy one for three Brewers pitchers.
Reliever Corey Knebel married longtime girlfriend Danielle in a December ceremony down in Texas while starters Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies popped the question.
“Everyone loved that we did old school music. We didn’t have any of the new music. We played classic rock and everyone loved it. It had my grandparents up on their feet and they were dancing. That was probably one of the most special things for me. My grandma and grandpa both don’t walk too well right now, but they were up and they were dancing on our wedding day,” Corey said with a smile.
“I did pretty well. I showed her some moves and her dad saw why she fell for me.”
Corey and Danielle went to the Caribbean on their honeymoon and enjoyed sightseeing, hanging out at the beach and scuba diving.
While Corey was getting ready to tie the knot, two others were getting engaged.
Jimmy Nelson proposed to his longtime girlfriend Melissa over Thanksgiving.
“We were at here sister’s house. I said grace before we ate and worked it in at the end. She was happy and she was surprised. I’m glad we got to do it in front of her family,” Jimmy said.
The couple is planning a December wedding.
“She’s knocked out a lot of [the planning]. I said, ‘Here you can do it.’ I just want to have good food there,” Jimmy said with a laugh.
Zach Davies also got engaged over Thanksgiving, on a family trip in Seattle. At the end of the trip, near the water, Zach proposed to Megan.
They are planning a December wedding as well.
“We love our dogs, so we’re going to try and have them in the wedding,” Zach said.
3/3/16 Update: I found out yesterday that non-roster invitee Will Middlebrooks also tied the knot this offseason–less than a month ago, in fact.
Will’s wife Jenny is a sports reporter, so selecting a date posed some challenges.
“She works for CBS on NFL and college football and she had to work the Super Bowl, so we had to fit it in after the Super Bowl and before Spring Training started,” the third baseman explained. “So that gave us one weekend and that was Valentine’s Day weekend. So now it’s two birds, one stone with Valentine’s Day….Valentine’s Day doesn’t even exist to me anymore, so it’s perfect,” he joked.
The couple was married in Gilbert, Arizona but obviously hasn’t had time to honeymoon yet.
“Nope, this is it. Maryvale,” Will chuckled.
“Last year she had a week off right after my season ended and we went to Hawaii for a few days, pre-Honeymoon.” Will says the couple will have to plan something after the season when they can align their schedules once again.
Congrats to all the Brewlyweds and soon-to-be Brewlyweds in camp!