Fans scour Ryan Merritt's wedding registry after impressive ALCS performance

Fans scour Ryan Merritt's wedding registry after impressive ALCS performance

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - After an amazing performance in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, Ryan Merritt and his fiancee, Sarah Brushaber, can check nearly all their wedding registry items off their list thanks to generous Indians fans.

The previously little known 24-year-old unexpectedly baffled the Toronto Blue Jays in just his second career start.

"I bought a towel that I said, 'I hope is soaked in Jose Bautista's tears,'" said Indians fan Jaclyn Thaxton.

After Merritt's incredible performance, fans like Julia Sieck went online and bought the couple nearly every single item off their Target and Pottery Barn wedding registry lists.

"I loved the sentiment behind it, and, I looked at his registry, and it's all very reasonable. I said, 'I can't pass this up.' It's a way to personally thank him and welcome him to the Tribe," said Sieck.

Thaxton loves the Tribe so much, she went to the airport Wednesday night to welcome the team back home to Cleveland. Not only did Thaxton buy Merritt and his fiancee a wedding gift, she took a selfie with the star pitcher after he hopped off the plane.

"You never know who's going to show up in the playoffs, and we really needed someone, and Ryan Merritt was that person," said Thaxton.

If fans want to jump on board, there are still a few items left on the couple's registry, and the items range in price.

"There are people buying one pot holder, or one pizza wheel, and I think that's what's so great about it, is that people are able to do whatever they can," said Sieck.

The wedding gifts serve as yet another gesture, proving how incredible Cleveland fans are.

"Cleveland is amazing. If you win we will do anything for you. We will have your back 100 percent," said Thaxton.

It's clear Merritt had the Indians' back on the pitching mound Wednesday night.

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