Murphy's son follows pitch with proposal

Murphy's son follows pitch with proposal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dale Murphy believes Braves president John Schuerholz can now start marketing himself as an event planner.

After hearing the legendary Braves outfielder say that his son was planning to get engaged during the family's current trip to Spring Training, Schuerholz suggested that they stage it around a ceremonial first pitch before an exhibition game.

Schuerholz's plan was put into action before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals. After throwing the first pitch to his father, Jake Murphy grabbed the microphone, dropped to a knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Arianne Ingersoll.

"It was really a nice moment," the elder Murphy. "We really enjoyed it."

Murphy has had many of his children with him during his current stay in Braves camp. Jake, 22, is a tight end at the University of Utah.

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