The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 28, 1998 · Page 60
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 60

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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10D 1 THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 N n I V 1 1 J I omeplate 0 ?ta a is where the heart is With teammates and friends in attendance, Eileen O'Neill and Jeff Brashears are married at home plate on a softball field at Patch Reef Park. ft ki. . am : y ' r i V w V A " ... nil! 1 J Brashears and O'Neill, right, are joined in a display of affection by Julie and Steve Lord, their matron of honor and best man. Ballpark wedding guarantees couple a lifetime of diamond anniversaries Vj l 1 . f -. . -J and, instead, take the field. Although they had discussed marriage, Eileen, 37, was caught by surprise when the proposal lit up the scoreboard at a Yankees-Marlins game last June. It read "Eileen, I love you more than the Yankees. Will you marry me?" "I thought that's what it said, but I had to read it twice," said Eileen. "I didn't know it was coming. Of course I said yes." "She is somebody who is a loving, caring friend," explained Jeff. "I feel so comfortable with her." "He's like no other man I've ever gone out with," echoed Eileen. "He's not all for himself, he's a real sweet guy." When the "I do's" were done and the newlyweds strode beneath the canopy of softball bats, it was time to get to business. They had a post-ceremony game to play, which ended up yielding their first gift of the night - a 13-5 victory. Then it was on to the wedding party celebration at, where else - Pop's Pizza. With friends and teammates watching, Eileen O'Neill and Jeff Brashears together made it all the way to home plate. Wearing cleats and caps, the two recently tied the knot on the No. 2 field diamond at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. The location was not particularly unusual, considering that both are sports nuts, and that sports was the topic that led them to a three hour phone conversation when Eileen answered Jeff s personal ad in August 1996. Jeffs a die-hard Yankeees fan, and his ad sought someone crazy about sports. Eileen's played softball since she was eight and was intrigued. "I was thinking on the phone, ooh, a female jock," laughed Jeff, 42. "It got me interested." Three days later they had their first date, and it was the start of an extended winning streak. Not long after, Eileen asked Jeff to join her on a mixed league softball team. And it was their team, now sponsored by Pop's Pizza, that convinced them to bypass the courthouse nuptials t - r i r Immediately after the ceremony, under a canopy of bats held aloft by friends and teammates, above, the newlyweds head toward an adjacent field where the night's game, right, is to be played. fait1 ft a One of the wedding gifts was a softball signed by those who attended the wedding. Story and photos by JENNIFER PODIS

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