It may be impossible to hate on Roberto Martinez, even if you want to.
He's athletic: He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins but decided that college was more important.
He's successful: At age 26, he's opening his own insurance office in San Diego.
He's humble: During a 20-minute interview he used a form of "appreciate" no fewer than six times.
And now, he's happily engaged to Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky, who seems equally impossible to hate, despite news that an ex-boyfriend is trying to sell an alleged naughty photo of her to media outlets.
Martinez, a former Tampa resident, received the final rose on Season 6 of the Bachelorette, which ended Aug. 2 at the top of the weekly ratings. The engagement came as no surprise to viewers who watched Martinez woo her with his dimples, gentle personality and salsa dancing.
Martinez, whose parents live in Brandon, attended Bloomingdale High School and graduated from Riverview. He played baseball at St. Petersburg College for a year, then transferred to the University of Tampa, graduating in 2005. Most recently, he lived in Charleston, S.C.
Since the couple's engagement, they have moved to California and plan to get married in the spring or summer. In an interview, Martinez said he hopes to come home soon to throw out the first pitch for a Tampa Bay Rays game. He also gave a shoutout to his coaches at UT who helped arrange his hometown date on the ball field.
Was there ever a point during the show that you thought you were going home?
Definitely there were moments when it was kind of tense, not necessarily because I thought I was going home, but because I wasn't sure about how she felt about me, maybe because I didn't have a date with her that week. I really, truthfully never pictured myself without her.
What was it like falling in love with a bunch of cameras aimed at you?
I didn't think of it in those terms. I tried to forget there were cameras. In my mind I was thinking, if this works out the way I want it to and I end up with Ali, it would be kind of neat to have a documentary of it. That's not an opportunity everyone gets. I'm definitely appreciative of that.
Who was your main competition?
Honestly, I didn't think of it as a competition. My whole thought process was about getting to know this great girl and her getting to know me. I focused on her and not everything that was going on.
There was a lot of buzz about you sweating a lot on the show. You're from Florida. Aren't you used to the heat?
Let's just say it was really hot and I'm a T-shirt and board shorts kind of guy. (Laughs) People think I was nervous. Honestly, I wasn't nervous, it was really hot.
The track record of couples getting married from these shows isn't that great. People are saying you two are different. Would you agree?
Honestly, I don't follow past seasons, and I don't know those situations. It's kind of sad it hasn't worked out with those couples. I don't know of any other way to think of Ali and me but as two normal people in love and just enjoying life. I don't think of it in terms of statistics. I just think of it as us.