(CBS) “Jess has some competition with this proposal.”
Chicago Cubs third baseman and reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant made a visit Wednesday to the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. While there, he was on the receiving end of a marriage proposal.
Julie Halsen, 27, got down on one knee and proposed to Bryant — courageously right in front of his wife, Jessica Bryant.
After he was proposed to, Bryant told Julie that she needed Jess’ permission. Julie continues to ask, saying please and then stood and cheered, “He said yes!”
“Jess has some competition with this proposal,” Bryant tweeted, referencing his wife, who smiled and laughed standing nearby witnesses the gesture.
In response, Jessica tweeted, “I have to watch out for Julie!! BUT she did invite me over for moms sloppy joes tonight, so who’s really winning here??!”
Bryant took photos and chatted with the group of about 18 fans, according to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. And based on his tweets, he let the group sign a pair of his baseball cleats.
“The life expectancy for adults with Down syndrome was less than 30 years old in 1982,” an Advocate Lutheran General Hospital statement read. “With appropriate medical care, adults with Down syndrome are living well into their sixties, thanks in part to the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Center, which started as a twice a month clinic, has grown into a five day a week primary care practice with more than 7,500 patient visits annually, the first and busiest of its kind in the country.”
Below are some pictures taken after Halsen’s proposal: