Stephen Strasburg proposed to his college sweetheart and now-wife, Rachel Lackey, just 18 months after they started dating. Now, they’re working to keep their life private, despite Strasburg being one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Here’s what you need to know about Lackey:
1. Lackey and Strasburg Met at San Diego State
Lackey and Strasburg began dating when they were at San Diego State, according to the Washington Post. Eighteen months later, Strasburg proposed.
She’s my best friend. I can’t imagine her not being here.
Lackey’s mom, Jenny, wasn’t surprised by the early proposal.
I wasn’t surprised at all. They’re great together.
2. Strasburg Missed NatsFest For Their Wedding
Lackey and Strasburg had already planned their wedding and honeymoon before the Nationals announced the dates for their Rookie Career Development Program and NatsFest, according to MiLB.com.
The Nationals’ president, Stan Kasten, said Strasburg was disappointed to miss the events, but personal things come first.
3. They Married at a San Diego Winery
The Strasburgs got married at a San Diego winery in 2010, according to the same Washington Post article.
The couple wed Jan. 9 at a small outdoor ceremony at South Coast Winery near San Diego, the warmest spot in the United States that day. She wore a strapless white lace gown; her bridesmaids wore fuchsia. Then the newlyweds headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon. The groom was allowed to skip all the Nationals offseason publicity programs but spent every other day working on his arm.
4. Lackey Had a Hard Time Getting Into Strasburg’s First Start
Lackey had a hard time getting past security for Strasburg’s first big league start, according to USA Today.
Although she got there four and a half hours early, she was stopped by security after she went to buy a tee-shirt.
“I’m Stephen Strasburg’s wife, I’m his wife” she said, before explaining that she was supposed to already be up in a suite, but had to pick up a last-minute t-shirt.
5. Strasburg Was the NL Strikeout Champion in 2014
Strasburg was the National League Strikeout Champion in 2014 after recording 242 of them. He has a 43-30 record going into this season with a 3.02 ERA.
He’s only been to the All-Star game once, in 2012, over his five-year career.
In 2008, he won gold for the United States in the World University Championship and bronze in the Olympics.