Hit a Home Run With These 5 Baseball Proposal Tips

Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate your love than a baseball proposal at your favorite ballpark? If you and your girlfriend are serious baseball fans, get down on one knee during America's favorite pastime. What makes a proposal so memorable is the story behind it, and a ballpark surprise is one your future fiancée will never forget.

Here are five tips that will help you cover your bases when pulling off a successful proposal this baseball season:

1. Plan It Out

Don't just think you can wing your proposal once you get to the big game. There's a lot of planning that goes into a baseball proposal. First, how will you transport the ring there? She may notice if there's a box in your pocket, especially if you get patted down by security when you enter the stadium. Safety pin it somewhere safe, such as your wallet or inner jacket pocket. Also, know what you plan on asking and, most importantly, what you'll say!

2. Make a Backup Plan

Your baseball proposal might not go exactly as you'd like. For example, what happens if you plan to propose during Sweet Caroline in the eighth inning at Fenway Park, but your girlfriend is stuck in the bathroom line at that exact moment? The best thing you can do is to be open to propose at any moment but have a few different times you can ask throughout the game. For example, you could be prepared to ask during pitching changes or the seventh-inning stretch. Whatever you do, don't do it in the middle of the action when your lady will be paying attention to the field.

3. 'Hire' a Photographer

You're going to want pictures of such a huge moment. If you two are going alone, you may need to ask strangers for help to capture the proposal. Come prepared with a note explaining your plan that you can slip to the person sitting next to you. Ask if your neighbor would be kind enough to take pictures or share a video with you. Just make sure to be specific with your plan. Will you propose two minutes from the time you pass your note? Be clear, so your photographer will be ready.

4. Invite an Audience

Has your girlfriend always wanted her friends and family to be part of her big moment? Unless you propose at a holiday dinner or a housewarming party, there aren't too many options to include everyone without making your girlfriend suspicious. A ballgame is a great group activity that will keep her clueless. Plus, most Major League parks offer discounts for group ticket sales.

5. Upgrade Your Proposal

If you're convinced a baseball proposal is the way you want to ask for your girlfriend's hand in marriage, check out Swimmingly's list of how much it costs to propose at every Major League Baseball park. All but five offer specialized proposal packages, and options include everything from messages on the scoreboard to mascot participation or even fireworks.

Now it's time to step right up and play ball! With a little luck and preparation, your proposal will be a home run.