Sara Walsh, an ESPN sportscenter anchor, was married recently to a minor league baseball pitcher, and guess who played matchmaker?
David Price, the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher.
Walsh, who played soccer at the University of Florida, was working at a local TV station in Nashville after college when she interviewed a Vanderbilt pitcher named Matt Buschmann a few times. Buschmann was teammates with Price at the time. Years later, Price was going to be interviewed by Walsh on Sportscenter, and texted Buschmann to let him know. From the Tennessean:
Buschmann told Price to say hello for him. Price did.
“To which I said, ‘Oh, I love Matt Buschmann,’ ” Walsh recalled. “His response was immediately, ‘Well, Matt Buschmann loves you.’ ”
“It was cool,” Price said. “I don’t think I’ve ever set anyone up like that.”
Price talked Buschmann into following Walsh on Twitter. Buschmann worked up the courage to send her a message.
“Like any other guy, I spent an hour trying to construct the greatest, most intelligent funny line that you would imagine her sitting there laughing,” Buschmann said.
What he ended up writing was this: “Well hello there Sara, it’s been a while since the good ole days in Nashville.”
A star pitcher and a twitter direct message. Love in 2014. Walsh then flew to Music City, Tennessee for a date with Buschmann, and two years later, they’re married. Price was a groomsman in the wedding. Buschmann is currently in the Oakland A’s farm system.