Tampa baseball player hopes to hit it off with bachelorette

This season's Bachelorette is headed to Tampa to visit the hometown of contestant Roberto Martinez, a hunky former baseball player turned insurance agent.

Martinez is one of four men still vying for Ali Fedotowsky's affections on season six of the show, which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The former Tampa resident played baseball at the University of Tampa in 2002 and 2003 but now lives in Charleston, S.C. Previews of Monday's episode show the couple sitting hip to hip on UT's baseball field, gazing at Tampa's skyline in the distance.

Martinez, 26, was considered a frontrunner from the start, charming Fedotowsky in Spanish during their introduction and earning the coveted first impression rose.

In later episodes, Martinez swooned her with his salsa moves and planted a kiss while suspended on a wire between two skyscrapers. He also performed with her in the Broadway musical, The Lion King, fueling jealousy among the other guys who hated watching a buffed and toned Martinez in tights.

Fedotowsky, for her part, is obviously smitten with Martinez's broad smile, dimples and gentle disposition. At one point, she even confessed that she worried she wasn't pretty enough for him.

ABC has kept mostly mum about the contestants and their upcoming hometown visits with Fedotowsky. Martinez's bio says he likes hanging out at the beach with a boat, playing guitars and dominos, and good people.

He hasn't revealed much about his dating past, unlike some contestants, including recently divorced wannabe country singer Ty Brown, who was booted this week. Martinez says his worst date was in high school when his date cried because she spilled ketchup.

Fedotowsky, 25, was a contestant on the last season of The Bachelor but left when she had to choose between her job and the show, a decision she immediately regretted. She returned as this year's bachelorette with the hopes of finding her future husband.

Tampa baseball player hopes to hit it off with bachelorette 07/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 6:42pm]

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