ST. PETERSBURG -- Home plate was already a special place for Rays catcher Jose Lobaton. Before Monday's 4-3 win over the Yankees, it became even more so.
Lobaton married his wife, Nina, on Monday morning, with teammate Carlos Pena serving as the best man.
"It was a moment I'm never going to forget -- for me, for my wife," Lobaton said.
The private ceremony was originally supposed to be held in the Rays' clubhouse, but it was moved to the field and set up seamlessly by members of the Rays' staff.
"They called me at 10 at night [on Sunday] and said, 'Everything is set up for tomorrow,'" Lobaton said. "I said, 'Really?' They said, 'Yeah, just go there at 10 tomorrow.'"
Lobaton said he and his wife have been together for three years and engaged for one. There was only one hiccup during the ceremony. When Lobaton slipped the ring on his bride's finger, he didn't have any vows prepared and had to improvise on the spot.
"I said, 'Really? No one told me,'" Lobaton joked. "I think it must have been good, because Carlos' wife was crying."
The native of Venezuela was without his family and said they may hold another ceremony once he returns home after the baseball season.