Eddie Lutsko III landed the girl of his dreams with a surprise proposal at Kauffman Stadium during Monday’s Royals game.
But he didn’t expect the emotional moment to become something of a YouTube sensation, with more than 400,000 views by Wednesday afternoon.
It started when Araceli Miranda, 19, was pulled atop the home dugout by Royals in-game host Tim Scott under the pretense of playing a game on the Crown Vision video board. Miranda instead watched a proposal that Lutsko had taped.
When Miranda turned back to the crowd, she spotted a camouflage-clad Lutsko climbing atop the dugout, ring in hand. She sprinted into his arms. Miranda had no idea that Lutsko, 19, an airman first class stationed at Altus (Okla.) Air Force Base, had returned home for a five-day leave.
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“I was in shock, but I couldn’t resist running to him when I saw him,” said Miranda, 19, who goes by Celi. “I was shaking my head the whole time, but I was also whispering in his ear that yes, I would love to be with him for the rest of my life.”
Lutsko, who has lived in Harrisonville for the last six years, got the idea in a phone conversation with a friend — Harrisonville Mayor Kevin Wood.
“I was sitting at work and I knew that (proposing) was something I wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure how to pull it off,” Lutsko said.
“We told Celi the tickets were from my youngest sister winning them for softball, so she had no idea I would be there.”
But the surprises didn’t stop there. Nearly two dozen family members and friends had been hiding in the section above Miranda and cheered wildly after she accepted.
“It went how I wanted it to go, and I got the girl, so I feel very happy and lucky,” Lutsko said.
“Basically, I can’t seem to wipe the smile off my face the last few days,” she said two days later.